FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2011
More than 35,000 Americans Tell the President They Disagree with Plan B® DecisionNARAL Pro-Choice America mobilizes grassroots support for improving women’s access to emergency contraception as Obama administration overrules health experts, making the medication harder to access
Washington, D.C. - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, today sent a letter signed by 35,194 Americans to President Obama opposing the administration’s recent decision to overrule a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow medical experts’ recommendations to remove a restriction on the Plan B® emergency contraceptive.
“We had a major opportunity to improve young women’s access to contraception, which is the best way to reduce unintended abortions and thus the need for abortion, and the Obama administration missed the mark,” Keenan said. “We will continue to call on the administration to follow sound science and recommendations from health experts.”
The grassroots letter, which comes almost a week later, is leading a grassroots public-education and advocacy campaign to mobilize grassroots supporters to take action in response to the administration’s decision reject the FDA’s recommendation. NARAL Pro-Choice America leveraged its activist network to launch a public-education effort immediately after the administration’s decision was announced. The group’s efforts also came as senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and members, led by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), sent letters to the administration expressing their disapproval of this action.