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‘Morning After’ Pill Is Cleared for Wider Sales


Published: August 24, 2006

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 — The Food and Drug Administration today approved over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after” contraceptive pill to women 18 and older, resolving one of the most contentious issues in the agency’s 100-year history.

The drug, an emergency contraceptive called Plan B that is manufactured by Barr Laboratories, will be sold only in pharmacies and health clinics. To buy it, women will have to show proof of age. Girls under the age of 18 will still need a prescription to get the drug.

Report: Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers Mislead Teens about Abortion Risks

By: Henry A. Waxman, Committee on Government Reform Minority Office

Published: Jul 17, 2006

A new study released by Rep. Henry A. Waxman finds that federally funded pregnancy resource centers often mislead pregnant teens about the medical risks of abortion, telling investigators who posed as pregnant 17-year-olds that abortion leads to breast cancer, infertility, and mental illness.

Louisiana Gov. Signs Law That Would Ban Abortions

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) Jun 19 - Louisiana Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco

signed into law a ban on most abortions, which would be triggered if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 ruling legalizing the procedure, a spokesman said on Saturday. 

The ban would apply to all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, except when the mother's life is threatened. It is similar to a South Dakota law that has become the latest focus of the abortion battle.

Bush to anti-abortion activists: 'We will prevail'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday told opponents of abortion their views would eventually prevail and urged them to work to convince more Americans of "the rightness of our cause."

On the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established federal abortion rights, Bush addressed activists by telephone from Manhattan, Kansas, and called their goals noble.

Battle to legalize abortion heats up in Brazil

By Todd Benson

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Every week at the Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest public hospital, women are rushed to the emergency room with severe vaginal bleeding.

Most are in their teens or early 20s and live in the dirt-poor slums that encircle South America's biggest city. Some say they have no idea what caused the bleeding. Others tell elaborate stories of menstruation gone awry.

Fears over safety of abortion pill after five die in North America

By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
December 1, 2005

Five women have died after treatment with the abortion pill, raising fears about the risks of the medical method of terminating pregnancy used by more than 50,000 women a year in England.

Four of the deaths were in the United States; all were young healthy women who had successful terminations and then developed fatal infections within a few days that progressed rapidly, causing septic shock. The fifth death was in Canada.

US abortion rights in the balance?

By Clare Murphy

BBC News

Tuesday, 29 November 2005

On Wednesday, America's highest court will consider whether a New Hampshire state law which restricts teenagers' access to abortion is constitutional.

If it votes to reinstate the law, the case will mark a fresh limitation on Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling which established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy.

But in some states - notably Mississippi - local laws have already rendered the 1973 ruling all but irrelevant.

FDA official resigns over contraception policy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high-ranking Food and Drug Administration official resigned Wednesday in protest over the agency's refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.

Susan Wood, director of FDA's Office of Women's Health, announced her resignation in an e-mail to colleagues at the agency. The e-mail was released by contraception advocates.

Angry e-mail follows fetal pain article

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- The editor of a medical journal that published an article this week saying fetuses likely don't feel pain until late in pregnancy said Thursday she has received dozens of angry e-mails from abortion opponents.

Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, editor in chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association, said she had to take a walk around the block after receiving dozens of "horrible, vindictive" messages.