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White House to Challenge Ruling on Unlimited Access to 'Morning-After' Pill
Date:5/2/2013

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Other brands of emergency contraception include Next Choice and Ella.

Wednesday's appeal by the Justice Department is in keeping with an election-year decision by President Barack Obama's administration to block the drug's makers from selling it without a prescription or age restriction. And it reignites the hotly contested debate over emergency contraception, The New York Times reported.

The appeal meshes with the views of numerous conservative, anti-abortion groups that don't want contraceptives available to young girls. But it clashes with advocates for women's reproductive health and abortion rights who say years of scientific research found Plan B safe and effective for women of all ages, the Times said.

"Age barriers to emergency contraception are not supported by science, and they should be eliminated," Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The appeal is the latest development in a 10-year, controversial debate about who should have access to the drug and why.

Plan B prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in a woman's uterus through use of levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone used for decades in birth control pills. Plan B contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, more than "the Pill" contains. It is considered a form of birth control, not abortion.

Women's health advocates praised the FDA decision earlier this week.

"While there are still practical questions to resolve, this is an important step forward to expand access to emergency contraception and for preventing unintended pregnancy," Planned Parenthood's Richards said in a news release.

But not everyone was pleased with the push for wider access to Plan B.

Earlier this month, Janice Shaw Crouse -- director and senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, a think tank for the conservative women's group Concerned
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