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Letters | Clash over emergency contraception

Political clash over Plan B should not trump science

In the past 30 days, different government entities have made significant moves regarding access to Plan B emergency contraception over the counter (“Justice Dept. appeals ruling on access to morning-after pill,” Page A10, May 2). First, in early April, a judge ruled, consistent with science and medicine, that there should be no age limits on who can access the medication over the counter. I, along with other doctors, cheered that decision wildly.

Then early last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a ruling that allows only people age 15 and older to access the drug. A day later, the Department of Justice announced that it would fight the judge’s ruling from April.

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Confused yet? The truth is, it shouldn’t be this confusing. The science says the medication is safe for women of all ages to take, and the research shows women of all ages know when and how to take it. It’s time for science to trump politics and for all women to get timely access to emergency contraception.

Dr. Atsuko Koyama


The writer is a member of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health.

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