President Barack Obama's government has dropped its opposition to a court decision that allows the Plan B emergency contraceptive to be bought over-the-counter by women of any age. Proponents had argued the pill was safe and a useful safety net against unwanted pregnancy.
A federal judge handed a victory to women's health advocates, saying that the federal government erred when it overruled a panel of scientists who recommended that Plan B One-Step be made available to women of all ages. He gave the government 30 days to change its policies.
President Barack Obama's most recent cabinet nominations have been largely white men -- a move that's been criticized by advocates for women and people of color. They say they're surprised and disappointed with Obama's choices.
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was an election-year victory for President Barack Obama. But the debate over the law is far from over. Disappointed by the ruling, many Republicans have intensified their calls for repeal.
President Barack Obama on Friday said his administration will grant a broader exemption for religious organization that have an objection to providing contraceptive services to women as part of their health plans. The announcement comes amid a brewing controversy over his administration's proposal to grant a much narrower exemption.
The FDA had been making plans to allow TEVA Pharmaceuticals to sell its Plan B contraceptive in front of the pharmacy counter to women of any age. But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius intervened at the last minute to prevent it.
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