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Plan B decision draws strong and mixed reaction
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Source: Wash. Post

President Obama on Thursday defended his administrations decision to block unrestricted sales of the morning-after pill as a common-sense parenting choice, even as womens right advocates condemned it as a cynical move that could provoke a damaging political backlash for the president next year.

The administration, according to several Democratic allies, took a calculated risk in making the decision to overrule the Food and Drug Administration, which had concluded that the contraceptive should be made available to people of all ages directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription.

Although the decision, announced Wednesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, angered womens groups, some of the presidents allies said that allowing the FDA ruling to stand could potentially have been more politically damaging for Obama if he was portrayed as giving teenage girls unfettered access to the morning-after pill.

Obama, appearing in a briefing room at the White House, said he was not involved in the decision to require a prescription for girls 16 and younger before it was announced, leaving it up to Sebelius.

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