FDA Will Authorize Plan B for 17-Year-Olds Without a Prescription

This is good news.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman concluded that Bush administration officials let "political considerations, delays, and implausible justifications" rule decision-making on the emergency contraception Plan B. Korman ruled that "at the behest of political actors," the FDA commissioner "decided to deny non-prescription access to women 16 and younger before FDA scientific review staff had completed their reviews." The FDA is now announcing that it will be complying with Korman's order and reversing the Bush-era policy. Women 17 years old will be able to purchase the emergency contraception without a prescription.

Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and at the Center for American Progress.