Pelosi Statement on Approval of Over-the-Counter Sale of Plan B
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Food and Drug Administration's announcement that Plan B emergency contraceptive has been approved for over-the-counter purchase:
"The Republican war on science suffered a defeat today when the Food and Drug Administration finally approved Plan B for over-the-counter purchase.
"The President's appointees to the agency and his allies in Congress have been stonewalling this women's health issue for more than three years, despite overwhelming support from the scientific and medical community, as well as from women's health groups. The FDA went so far as to ignore the findings of its own scientific staff, ignoring the facts and distorting public health concerns for political gain.
"The news on Plan B sends a loud and clear message - science can not be trumped by the Republicans' ideology. Reproductive rights, family planning, and contraception are personal medical issues that should be discussed between families and their doctors - not turned into political fodder to appease far right extremists. American women have waited far too long for this crucial victory that it is a step in the right direction."