Ahem: Plan B isn't the abortion pill, studies have shown that it doesn't negatively effect established pregnancies, and it's already available over-the-counter to women age 17 and older. Nevertheless, yesterday the Obama administration rejected a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration that the pill be made more widely available to younger teenagers and girls by speciously arguing that the effects of Plan B haven't been studied enough (even though the FDA declares it safe, mind you).
Behold the administration's real motivation, via the NYTimes:
For the first time ever, the Health and Human Services secretary publicly overruled the Food and Drug Administration, refusing Wednesday to allow emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter, including to young teenagers. The decision avoided what could have been a bruising political battle over parental control and contraception during a presidential election season.
...With [Health and Human Services secretary] Sebelius’s decision on Wednesday, the Obama administration is taking a more socially conservative stance on Plan B, one closer to that of the Bush administration than to many of its own liberal supporters, even as President Obama has taken a tougher position on higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for a broad payroll tax cut — a stance popular with his political base.
Dick moves like this serve as another reminder that women's bodies are little more than baby-pumping political pawns in the national arena. Curtsies to Slog tipper Emily, who helpfully notes that Sebelius' email address is email@example.com, in case you feel the urge to tell her what you think of her decision to sacrifice young women's sexual health to appease social conservatives.