Pissing Off The Fundies

From Holden:

The FDA’s approval of over-the-counter sales for Plan B has riled the right.

Two Democratic senators dropped long-standing objections to U.S. President George W. Bush’s pick to head the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday after a bruising fight over emergency contraception, but conservative groups are now calling for a new nominee.

Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Patty Murray of Washington said for months they would block a full Senate vote on the nomination of acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach until the agency decided whether to allow wider access to the controversial morning-after pill called Plan B.

The FDA on Thursday approved Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s bid to sell the emergency contraceptive without a prescription to women and men 18 and older. The lawmakers said they would keep their promise to lift their objections.

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But a growing number of conservative groups, angered by von Eschenbach’s Plan B decision, want someone else to lead the FDA, which has been without a permanent commissioner for most of the Bush administration.

“The FDA’s irresponsible action today takes those rights out of a parent’s hands and gives them to ill-intentioned perpetrators,” said Concerned Women for America’s Wendy Wright, whose group has joined others calling for a new nominee.