Blogs for Hillary: A Call for Action on Emergency Contraception

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A Call for Action on Emergency Contraception

Dear Friends,

Will you join me in supporting Hillary's work calling for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision on Plan B emergency contraception that is based on science, not ideology?

Last August, after two years of delays and inaction, the FDA once again refused to make a decision on the application to make Plan B emergency contraception available over the counter. This last-minute delaying tactic came even though Hillary and Senator Patty Murray had been promised a decision by August.

The FDA has refused to make a decision even though their own scientific advisory panels voted overwhelmingly to approve the application - putting ideology over science so egregiously that Dr. Susan Woods, Director of the Office of Women's Health and a widely-respected voice for scientific integrity and women's health at the FDA, resigned in protest.

Instead, the FDA once again called for additional "public comment" by November 1. Well, I think it's time they heard from the public. With just one week before the public comment period ends, let's tell the FDA that American women are entitled to a decision.

Please sign our petition and submit your comments:

Join us to insist that the FDA make a decision now and make it based on scientific evidence. Stop endless delays that have badly damaged the FDA's reputation and put women's health at risk.

The available scientific evidence is compelling. Emergency contraception (EC) helps prevent thousands of unintended pregnancies every year, without increasing the rate of unprotected sex. Researchers estimate that if made available over-the-counter, emergency contraception could prevent as many as half of the 3 million unintended pregnancies in the U.S. annually.

The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and more than 70 other organizations have voiced their support for making Plan B available over-the-counter, as the FDA scientific panels recommend.

Hillary has joined with Senator Patty Murray to do everything in their power to make the FDA live up to its responsibility and give American women a decision. Let's give them the support that their leadership deserves and that this critical issue demands.

Thank you,

Ann F. Lewis

P.S. We will present this petition and your comments to the FDA on November 1. The more names we have, the louder the voice they will hear. So please forward this e-mail to your friends and ask them to sign. Let the FDA know American women deserve real science and real health care options!

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