Group Files Lawsuit Against FDA, Hillary Clinton Over Morning After Pill

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Group Files Lawsuit Against FDA, Hillary Clinton Over Morning After Pill

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 28
, 2007

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Saying the federal agency made a political rather than a scientific-based decision to allow anyone over 18 to buy the morning after pill over the counter, a political watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against the FDA.

Judicial Watch’s open records lawsuit also involves pro-abortion senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asks the court to compel the FDA to comply with its August 2006 FOIA request seeking communications between the FDA and Clinton.

Judicial Watch filed the original FOIA request after Clinton threatened to block the July 2006 nomination of Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach to head the FDA until the agency made Plan B available without a prescription.

The FDA approved Plan B for over-the-counter use on August 24, 2006, and Dr. von Eschenbach was confirmed in December 2006.

"The FDA’s decision to approve Plan B seemed more about politics than science, especially given the role of Hillary Clinton in the process," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement to LifeNews.com.

"This was a simple request for documents and the FDA’s delay in producing them is curious," he explained.

This is the second time the watchdog group has targeted the FDA over a drug opposed by the pro-life community.
In 2001, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the FDA related to the hasty approval of the dangerous abortion drug RU-486. In response, the FDA released thousands of documents showing serious health complications resulting from the use of the drug.

Judicial Watch has also released several special reports about the Clinton abortion agenda based on previously confidential records uncovered from the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.