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June 11th, 2013
07:04 AM ET

Plan B soon to be available over the counter with no restrictions – Elizabeth Cohen reports


The Obama administration will allow minors to obtain one form of the emergency contraception known as the "morning-after pill," dropping its appeal of a judge's order requiring it to be sold over the counter.

U.S. District Judge Edward Korman had ruled in April that the government must allow over-the-counter sales, and a federal appeals court rejected the administration's challenge to that ruling last week. The administration had been criticized by some women's rights groups for trying to stop contraception sales to underage females.

In a Monday letter to Korman, Justice Department attorneys said the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services had agreed to make the single-pill version of the drug available "without age or point-of-sale restrictions."

READ MORE: Feds drop 'morning-after pill' appeal

Filed under: Abortion • Drugs
May 17th, 2013
09:39 AM ET

Florida man charged by federal authorities with tricking girlfriend into taking abortion pill

A Florida man is now facing federal murder charges after he was accused of tricking his girlfriend into taking abortion pills to end her pregnancy. The suspect is charged with first degree murder, and product tampering. Under the Federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the murder charge could carry a life sentence for the suspect if convicted.

Filed under: Abortion • Crime
August 22nd, 2012
10:34 AM ET

Could abortion controversy sink GOP in Nov.? CNN contributor Margaret Hoover weighs in

CNN contrib. Margaret Hoover on national implications of Rep. Todd Akin's decision to stay in Senate race.

Filed under: 2012 election • Abortion • Politics
August 9th, 2012
04:21 PM ET

Latest on shakeup at The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation

Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett broke the story back in February and has new details on the major  shakeups headed towards Susan G. Komen for the Cure, America’s largest breast cancer foundation.

Komen’s president, Liz Thompson, will resign next month and founder Nancy Brinker will leave her CEO role to focus on fundraising.

The changes come after a controversial decision by Komen earlier this year to stop funding Planned Parenthood – a policy that was eventually reversed.

Filed under: Abortion