With last night’s announcement that the Obama administration will let the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) follow the science and make the one pill version of emergency contraception (EC) available on store shelves without requiring proof of age for purchase, women move another step closer to the unimpeded, timely access to this contraceptive option that the NWHN has been fighting for.
The court battles and flurry of recent legal developments have stretched over more than a decade, but Monday night’s announcement from the Department of Justice makes it clear the end is near. The courts have backed the science and the FDA scientists. Now the administration has said it will drop its appeal
, clearing the way for the most commonly used version of EC to be sold without age restrictions or ID requirements that have blocked women’s access. The last step is to ensure that more affordable, generic EC will also be available without unnecessary restrictions. Be sure to celebrate today -- and check back with the NWHN to see this women’s health victory through to the end!