In a rare public split among federal health officials, the Health and Human Services Department overruled a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill Plan B available to anyone of any age without restriction.
Are you surprised by the decision? How are you affected by the decision?
What are readers saying?
Here’s a look at some of the most recommended comments about the decision. Do you agree with these readers?
An HHS political appointee decides that teenagers are too young to make reproductive decisions because they are not wired for the best decision-making at an early age. I thought that same immature decision-making is what made contraceptives like Plan B so necessary for those same young people.
This is stunning. I spent many years working with FDA and it takes them forever and a day to make a difficult decision when extramural politics is involved. But usually when the Commissioner signs off on it, it's a done deal.
We are talking about birth control for minors here. Either you want adult supervision, or you don't. If you don't, you can lower the age at which people are considered "adult".