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By Scott S. Powell
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Susan Wood
In a surprise move, the nation's health secretary stopped the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms, deciding on Wednesday that young girls shouldn't be able to buy it on their own.
In a surprise move with election-year implications, the Obama administration's top health official overruled her own drug regulators and stopped the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.
"This decision is stunning. I had come to believe that the FDA would be allowed to make decisions based on science and the public's health," said Susan Wood of George Washington University, who served as the FDA's top women's health official until resigning in 2005 to protest delays in deciding Plan B's fate.
She said, "Sadly, once again, FDA has been overruled and not allowed to do its job."