The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.
Blocking Plan B was never good policy, and I never understood why it was good politics. Specifically, I don’t buy this:
Barack Obama supported that restriction, invoking his daughters. But the timing, 11 months ahead of the presidential election, sparked criticism that he was trying to placate social conservatives.
The anti-contraception social conservatives are anti-abortion social conservatives, they’re one-issue voters, and there’s no way they’re voting for abortionist-in-chief Obama and his OR nurse Kathleen Sebelius. And yes, it makes people uncomfortable that 15 year-olds have sex and might need Plan B. The only thing worse than a 15 year-old having unprotected sex is a pregnant 15 year-old.
A lot of craven Democratic politics is based on two bad habits. First, there’s the Shrum-like need to placate some imaginary cohort of persuadable voters: “We can’t do this because suburban minivan-driving soccer moms who voted for Bush in ’04 and Obama in ’08 will blame Obama if they see Plan B on sale at Target.” Second, there’s the expectation that youth do not vote and do not pay attention. The olds are the ones who are squicked out about Plan B, not the youngs. It would be nice to do something for them once in a while, other than taking their votes completely for granted.