Saturday, September 03, 2005

Planned Parenthood takes in millions in morning-after pill sales

WASHINGTON -- When the Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 26 delayed its decision on whether emergency contraception pills could be purchased without a prescription, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America called it ''a terrible day for women's health."

When the FDA's top women's health advocate resigned in protest, Planned Parenthood applauded her response to what it called ''the agency's shameful failure to uphold its public health responsibility."

And the group's Massachusetts affiliate said FDA inaction adds urgency to enacting ''our own emergency contraception legislation at the state level."

But none of the public announcements mentioned that the national not-for-profit organization reaps millions of dollars in revenue by dispensing Plan B, the morning-after pill that has embroiled the FDA in controversy.

Full story here.