U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today praised a Federal District Court decision ordering the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make emergency contraception available to all women and girls over-the-counter:
"The decision increasing over-the-counter access to Plan B is great news for women and families everywhere. By making emergency contraception more widely available, women will have timely access to a safe and effective way to prevent unintended pregnancies. Women have the right to control their own health care, and this ruling is a great step toward ensuring that politics doesn't stand in the way of women's access to medicine."
On December 13, 2011, Senator Lautenberg co-signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expressing disappointment in a decision to overrule the FDA's recommendation that emergency contraception be made available over-the-counter and asking the Department to provide an explanation and the scientific evidence supporting the decision. Senator Lautenberg was joined on the letter by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Carl Levin (D-MI), John Kerry (D-MA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Al Franken (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR).