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HHS Protects Kids In Vetoing Plan B Decision

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Health and Human Services acted to protect kids Dec. 7 when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejected a recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration to let stores sell powerful hormonal drugs to children over the counter.

Amanda Terkel

Elizabeth Warren Weighs In On Plan B Emergency Contraception | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren has spoken almost exclusively about the economy in her public appearances as she runs for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts....

Eight Reasons Obama Should Reverse His Mistake on Plan B

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Any time an administration finds science politically inconvenient, this precedent by a supposedly pro-science president will make it that much easier for future administrations to assert more absolute authority. That is dangerous for the future of science and the nation.

The Sebelius Trifecta

Kirsten Moore | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Kirsten Moore

By interjecting politics into the FDA drug review process, Secretary Sebelius placed the president in the unenviable position of not acting in the best interest of women's health. And politically, that's not a place the president wants to be.

Elise Foley

Rick Santorum Pleads With Iowans For Help | Elise Foley | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As his poll numbers continue to languish, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum pleaded with a room of anti-abortion vot...

Laura Bassett

Is Obama On Thin Ice With Women Voters? | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

Women played a huge role in propelling President Barack Obama to victory during the 2008 elections, supporting him more strongly than men by seven per...

Amanda Terkel

Senators Demand Answers On Administration's Plan B Decision | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen Democratic senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), sent the Obama administration a letter on Tuesday asking for the scien...

'How About Plan 'D For Data' For Plan B?'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I have an opinion about Plan B. It's that we can, and should, do better than opinion when making decisions that affect health, and have the potential to change the course of lives.

Obama Breaks With Base Ahead Of 2012

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On issues from air pollution to contraception, President Barack Obama has broken sharply with liberal activists and come down on the sid...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It was an up and down week for President Obama. His speech in Osawatomie, Kan. was an up, as he correctly identified the ways our political and economic system are rigged against the middle class as "the defining issue of our time." It would have been much, much better though if the speech had been given two years ago. On the other hand, his politically motivated cave-in on the Plan B morning-after pill was definitely a down (made worse by his claim that HHS Secretary Sebelius was the ultimate decider on this one). Memo to the president: the people who want to deny teens access to birth control are never going to support you -- no matter how many reproductive rights or cabinet members you throw under the bus. Finally, Obama had the quote of the week when, in response to GOP claims that his foreign policy is based on "appeasement," he replied: "Ask Osama bin Laden... whether I engage in appeasement."

Anti-Drug Activists Cheer HHS Ruling on 'Addictive' Contraceptive

Ben Ritz | Posted 02.09.2012 | Comedy
Ben Ritz

Thanks to Secretary Sebelius, we know we won't see a segment about kids getting high off of this 'Plan B' stuff at parties on the 6:00 news, something that was quite possible before today.

Plan B Falls Victim to Plan P: Politics

Emily Spitzer | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

Plan B is the simplest birth control pill there is -- it's a morning after pill for women. One pill, taken the morning after sexual intercourse, prevents pregnancy. Indeed, the pill's simplicity is what's made it a target.

Alicia Ciccone

Plan B Controversy: What Do Small Pharmacies Think? | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 12.10.2011 | Small Business

In a surprising move, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overturned Wednesday's ruling by the Food and Drug Administration tha...

Amanda Terkel

Would Hillary Clinton Have Approved Wider Access To Plan B? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration shocked reproductive rights groups this week when it struck down a recommendation by government scientists to m...

The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 12/9/11

Bob Cesca | Posted 02.08.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

In this week's show we discuss the Obama administration and the Morning After Pill; the Obama record on women's health; the Godfather; Bob's super stupid ladder story; the VA Tech shooting; and other topics.

The Right Plan for Plan B

Cecile Richards | Posted 02.08.2012 | Women
Cecile Richards

After years of acknowledging that emergency contraceptives are safe and effective for nonprescription use, the government missed a tremendous opportunity to make emergency contraception more available to women who need it.

Politics Over Science: HHS Keeps Emergency Contraception From Store Shelves

Jessica Arons | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Jessica Arons

With emergency contraception, time is of the essence. A woman who fears she might become pregnant needs fast access, not delays at the pharmacy counter.

Obama Calls Plan B Decision 'Common Sense'

AP | BEN FELLER and LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.07.2012 | Women

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-af...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Defends Morning-After Pill Decision | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama threw his support behind Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday regarding her controve...

Plan C Anyone? The Politics In Science

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

The decision to deny over-the-counter-access to Plan B is particularly awkward for an administration that early on pledged to "base our public policies on the soundest science."

My Plan B Story

Dion Nicole | Posted 02.06.2012 | Black Voices
Dion Nicole

Sadly, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ruled today not to make Plan B, aka the morning-after pill, available over the counter.

Laura Bassett

Plan B Over-The-Counter Plan Struck Down | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

The Food and Drug Administration recommended on Wednesday that Plan B One-Step, commonly referred to as the "morning-after pill," be made available ov...

Plan B: Debunking the Myths and Improving Women's Health Care

Rep. Diana DeGette | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Rep. Diana DeGette

This week we stand on the cusp of an exciting milestone for women's health as the FDA evaluates whether or not to allow the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception to be brought from behind the pharmacist's counter.

UPDATE: Girls Under Age 17 Still Need Prescription For Morning After Pill

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.23.2011 | Healthy Living

UPDATED: FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., has released a statement, saying that she believes that Plan B One-Step should be allowed for all fe...

Is There a Big Idea in Occupy Movements?

Vaios Papanagnou | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Vaios Papanagnou

The epoch that started in 2008 is defined by a single worry. Equally defining is the visible form that this angst takes. Millions of people in the Wes...