Battlepanda: Sen. Clinton stands up to Bush administration on Plan B


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Friday, March 17, 2006

Sen. Clinton stands up to Bush administration on Plan B

I'm not a big fan of Sen. Hillary Clinton, but if she continues to stand up to the Bush administration on matters like this, I may have to change my mind. From the Houston Chronicle:
The former head of academic affairs at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston faces uncertainty over his nomination as head of the Food and Drug Administration because of a dispute over the "morning after" pill.

Andrew von Eschenbach, director of the National Cancer Institute and acting FDA commissioner since September, was nominated by President Bush on Wednesday.

Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Patty Murray of Washington are blocking his confirmation in the Senate until the FDA decides whether to allow over-the-counter sales of Plan B, the emergency contraceptive.

"For more than two years, the FDA has dragged its feet on making a decision, putting ideology over science," Clinton said. "We will place a hold on the nomination of Dr. von Eschenbach until the FDA issues a decision on Plan B, yes or no."

So if Plan B becomes an OTC drug, do you suppose we'll see cashiers refusing to ring it up? And do you suppose that they'll have the market power to keep their jobs if they do?