Obama ‘comfortable’ with morning-after pill decision

President Obama said Thursday that he was "comfortable" with the decision by the Food and Drug Administration this week to make the morning-after pill available for purchase over the counter to those 15 years or older.

The FDA decision conflicts with a court order earlier this year that the Plan B contraception be made available to women of all ages without a prescription. Nonetheless, it marked a significant expansion of contraceptive rights, perhaps the most notable since the Plan B pill was approved 14 years ago.

The morning-after pill has been available to those under 17 years old only with a prescription, while older women must ask for the contraception from a pharmacist.

Speaking at a news conference in Mexico City, where he began a two-day visit on Thursday, Obama said the FDA decision this week was based on "solid scientific evidence."

Obama made his opinion on the FDA decision known a day after the Justice Department filed notice that it intends to appeal the April court ruling that the emergency contraceptive be made available to women of all ages.

Scott Wilson is the chief White House correspondent for the Washington Post. Previously, he was the paper’s deputy Assistant Managing Editor/Foreign News after serving as a correspondent in Latin America and in the Middle East.
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