Written by Dr. Megan Evans forRH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.
Cross-posted in partnership with Amplify Your Voice.
See all our coverage of Kathleen Sebelius' 2011 Emergency Contraception Reversal here.
Like most of the pro-choice community, I was shocked by Secretary Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services overruling the FDA's decision to make Plan B over-the-counter and available for all ages. This was unexpected, unprecedented, and extremely unfortunate.
Experts, who we count on for guidance and sound evidence-based medicine, have repeatedly shown Plan B to be not only extremely effective, but incredibly safe. Although the experts in the FDA agreed with the well-researched and well-presented data on Plan B, Secretary Sebelius and President Obama chose to ignore their expertise and base their decision on politics, not science.
Not only is this infuriating, but hypocritical. A certain document found on WhiteHouse.gov by The Obama Administration dated March 9, 2009 expresses quite the different sentiment. Interestingly, this release from The White House Press Secretary is entitled "Scientific Integrity"
and the first line states "[s]cience and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health..."
I suppose I missed the footnote that implied exceptions for family planning.