That’s What You Get For Having An FDA

May 1, 2013   |   Tags: , , ,

Ronald Bailey at Reason.Com brings this news from the Obama administration:

Obama Administration Plan B Emergency Contraception Shenanigans Update

The Reason editor has an interesting complaint:

Ah, remember the heady days at the beginning of the New Camelot, when a young charismatic President Barack Obama, avatar representative of the “reality-based community,” promised, “We will restore science to its rightful place.” Gone were the dark days of Medieval Bushism in which scientific findings were sacrificed to mere political expediency. Never again would science be subordinated to politics!

Then came the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2011 finding that Plan B emergency contraception was safe enough for any female to use without need of a prescription from a doctor. Obama Administration minion, Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sibelius overruled the scientific findings and limited Plan B over-the-counter availability to women over the age of 17.

His article continues with the intra-administration wrangling over just how this drug should be regulated, which is all well and good I suppose, if you buy into the notion that we should have a Food and Drug Administration at all.

The question that comes to my mind is, what happens when this stuff is on the shelf next to the aspirin (but not behind the counter with the Sudafed®), and a convenience store operator tells a 15 year old “no, you can’t have it, I don’t care what the government says, you are too young to buy that here by yourself.  Go home and bring a parent back with you.”

That is the real question with respect to liberty.  Is the federal government going to come down and enforce “no questions asked” sale of some drugs and not of others?  They already do that.  This needs to be in the libertarian discussion, if we are going to bother discussing liberty.

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