Saturday, December 10, 2011
Has Sebelius Managed to Avoid Political Controversy by Reversing FDA on Plan B?
The Economist - Democracy in America blog: So much for avoiding controversy, by M.S.:
THE New York Times article on Kathleen Sebelius's decision to overrule the FDA and block over-the-counter distribution of emergency contraceptives gets it a bit wrong in the first paragraph.
For the first time ever, the Health and Human Services secretary publicly overruled the Food and Drug Administration, refusing Wednesday to allow emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter, including to young teenagers. The decision avoided what could have been a bruising political battle over parental control and contraception during a presidential election season.
That was probably what Mrs Sebelius intended to do, but it seems to have had the opposite effect. . . .