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Letters | Clash over emergency contraception

Obama’s stance is bad for women’s health

In 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA’s finding that the morning-after pill should be available without age restrictions.

J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

In 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA’s finding that the morning-after pill should be available without age restrictions.

The Obama administration offered a false compromise in its decision forcing 15-year-olds to provide an ID to access basic health care (“Plan B OK’d over counter for 15 and older,” Page A5, May 1). How much longer will we continue to deny that young women are sexually active?

Either the administration doesn’t understand that the average 15-year-old has no ID demonstrating proof of age, or it is simply trying to sound more reasonable while upholding the status quo. Requiring proof of ID effectively makes access to emergency contraception inaccessible to women under the age of 17, when most teenagers can be expected to obtain a driver’s license, thus reinforcing the current policy.

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This decision is no victory for women’s health. In attempting to ostensibly balance opposing political views, the Food and Drug Administration once again is making young women and their futures political pawns despite consensus among medical experts that emergency contraception is safe and effective for women of all ages. Women deserve every tool possible to plan the future that’s right for them, regardless of their age. The FDA’s decision shamefully disregards science and does not go far enough to provide needed, basic health care to women.

Megan Amundson

Executive director

NARAL Pro-Choice

Massachusetts

Boston

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