Doctors Celebrate Plan B Ruling

Last Friday, we celebrated a milestone for comprehensive reproductive health when a federal judge ordered the FDA to lift the age restriction on Plan B emergency contraception. Since then, our physicians have talked to numerous media outlets in support of this historic decision.

In an op-ed for the New York Daily News, board member Dr. Angela Diaz wrote: “I applaud today’s court decision as it gives anyone of reproductive age another tool to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy.”

Former Leadership Training Academy Fellow Dr. Tracey Wilkinson published a letter in USA Today, hailing the ruling and emphasizing the safety of and science behind emergency contraception: “I always encourage my patients to use birth control when they are sexually active, but knowing that no form of contraception is 100% effective, it is vital for Plan B to be available and accessible to everyone—regardless of their age. That is common sense.

Current Leadership Training Academy Fellow Dr. Stephanie Sober was interviewed for CBS Philadelphia News. Dr. Sober said the decision was “an incredible victory for women’s health.”

Former Fellow Dr. Lisa Perriera explained to Fox News that age restrictions stand in the way of timely access to a time-sensitive medication: “The way it is now, teens have to call a doctor, get a prescription, go to the pharmacy and then get the medication…. So most teens end up not getting it.” 

Former board member and 2013 Rashbaum Award honoree Dr. Eve Espey called the decision “a long time coming….a major victory” in an interview with Ob.Gyn.News.