After concluding that the FDA is unlikely to act on Plan B on its own, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a new bill called the "Plan B for Plan B Act" to break the impasse.
14 Feb 2001 09:00:00 UTC-0400
The legislation would give the FDA 30 days to approve or deny the application for the "morning-after pill" Plan B. If the agency continues to drag its feet, the application is assumed to be approved - and women will finally have easier access to this important means of preventing unintended pregnancy.
The need for this bill has become readily apparent now that a report from Congress' independent watchdog agency the Government Accountability Office has confirmed that political figures at the FDA have played a role in blocking Plan B's application over the past two years.
It should not take an act of Congress to get a federal agency to do its job, but that's what it's come to with the Bush administration in charge. Don't let women wait one more day!
Take action to urge your representative to support the "Plan B for Plan B Act."
I urge you to support the Maloney-Shays-Inslee-Crowley "Plan B for Plan B Act."
American women have been waiting for more than two years for the FDA to decide whether they can have access to emergency contraception that could prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce the need for abortion.
The FDA's own experts and scientists have overwhelmingly recommended giving women over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill. Now, it's time to put pressure from anti-choice and anti-birth control lawmakers aside and listen to the scientists.