Democrats To Sebelius: Explain Your ‘Specific Rationale’ For Limiting Access To Morning After Pill

Fourteen Democratic senators have written a letter to Kathleen Sebelius asking the HHS Secretary to provide “specific rationale and the scientific data you relied on” to overrule the Food and Drug Administration and limit the availability of the morning after pill to women of all ages. “As numerous medical societies and patient advocates have argued, improved access to birth control, including emergency contraception, has been proven to reduce unintended pregnancies,” they write. “Keeping Plan B behind the counter makes it harder for all women to obtain a safe and effective product they may need to prevent an unintended pregnancy.” Meanwhile, a federal judge in Brooklyn will hear arguments today over whether the federal government is acted constitutionally in reducing access to the medication. Sebelius has said that her decision was not influenced by politics.