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May 05, 2013

Re "Birth control ruling appealed," May 2

It is fitting that the online version of this article on the Obama administration's appeal of an order to remove the age limit on Plan B emergency contraception appears on The Times' Science Now blog.

As a pediatrician who has done extensive research on emergency contraception and young women, we need science now. Science must be the basis for these decisions, not politics.

Medical opinion is solidly united that this medication is safe for women of all ages, and research shows women know when and how to take it. There is simply no scientific reason to fight Plan B going over-the-counter for all women, and the new age limit will create restrictions for all women in need of Plan B.

This is politics trumping science again, and it's bad medicine.

Tracey Wilkinson, MD

San Marino


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