Obama ‘Very Comfortable’ With FDA Decision On Plan B

AP

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he was “very comfortable” with the the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow the over-the-counter sale of Plan B, known as the morning-after pill, to females aged 15 and up.

“The rule that’s been put forward by the FDA, Secretary Sebelius has reviewed, she’s comfortable with it — I’m comfortable with it,” Obama told reporters at a press conference in Mexico, taking questions alongside Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto after a bilateral summit.

“I’m very comfortable with the decision they’ve made right now based on solid, scientific evidence,” he added.

The Justice Department announced on Wednesday however that it will challenge a decision by a federal judge to eliminate all age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of morning-after birth control pills — infuriating women advocates.

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