Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Plan B Politics: Good News?

For once "politics as usual" might be in service of a good cause. Word has it that the new Bush nominee for the FDA--Andrew Von Eschenbach--said he is moving towards making Plan B over the counter. This decision is announced right before his nomination hearings.

The compromise is that 18 year olds can buy this over the counter, provided they show proof of identification. And, the catch is they have to ask the pharmacist for this. Some fundie pharmacists will probably find a way to make women asking for Plan B feel like shit--but what else is new. At least this decision, if it is made favorably, will be a substantial step in the right direction toward preventing not only unintended pregancies, but more importantly, abortions.