When the Food and Drug Administration refused to approve over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception last Thursday, it rejected the findings of two independent advisory panels, the opinions of more than 70 of the nation's leading medical and public-health organizations, and the advice of its own staff. Why? According to Steven Galson, acting director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the government denied easy access to Plan B, a double dose of ordinary birth-control pills that can prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after sex, out of concern for young girls. Galson said he was especially worried about "the younger age group, between 11 and 14, where we know there is a substantial amount of... More >>>