One year ago, on March 23, 2009, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must reevaluate its decision to limit access to emergency contraception to women age 17 and older.
In its decision in Tummino v. von Eschenback, the Court found that the FDA “acted in bad faith and in response to political pressure” and ordered the agency to reconsider the age and behind-the-counter restrictions to emergency contraception.
According to the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“These intrusive restrictions, unprecedented for drugs with over-the-counter status, make it harder and more stigmatizing for consumers to get the contraception during its most effective window.”
Here’s how the bunnies put it:
Just a side note — this video is rather interesting in terms of the history of girls and the material culture of contraception (which I’ve been asked to write about for a edited volume on girls and material culture entitled Material Girls.)