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Sell Plan B over the counter, despite understandable qualms

HEALTH CARE policy should be subject to science, not politics. But it’s hard not to see politics behind Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s decision last month to restrict girls’ access to the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B.

Sebelius made the unprecedented move of overruling a decision by the Food and Drug Administration, which had reviewed scientific studies, determined that Plan B is safe for girls, and recommended that the drug be made available without a prescription. As it currently stands, girls under 17 cannot obtain it without a doctor’s order.

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