The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a contempt motion today against the FDA for ignoring a March 2009 court order to end age restrictions on emergency contraception.  The motion is here.  CRR sued the FDA in 2005 (complaint here) for failing to grant over-the-counter status to EC against the advice of its scientific experts and in violation of its own procedures and regulations.  The FDA later agreed to make EC available without a prescription, but only to women 18 and over and only behind the pharmacy counter.  CRR continued to pursue its case because there are no medical grounds for denying young women access to emergency contraception.

At the start of his administration, President Obama declared that politics would no longer play a role in U.S. science policy, stating, “we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.” But fast forward two years, and the FDA continues to stall.

The restrictions were originally put in place during the Bush administration because they didn’t want young women to have access to EC. Medical and scientific consensus provides no rationale for age restrictions on EC, and a court ruled in CRR’s favor in 2009 and ordered the FDA to reconsider its policy.

The judge in the case trusted that the Obama administration would do the right thing and reverse course, but fast forward a year and a half and the FDA continues to make excuses. What’s worse is that at the start of his administration, President Obama declared that politics would no longer play a role in U.S. science policy, stating, “we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.”

CRR first sued the FDA in 2005, and even a 2009 victory hasn’t driven the message home to the White House that women of all ages deserve quick, safe access to emergency contraception.

CRR will be launching a grassroots advocacy campaign to light a fire under FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

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