Plan B Foes 'Disappointed' in White House Reversal

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The White House is dropping its legal efforts to stop over-the-counter sales of One Step "morning after" birth control pills to girls regardless of their age.

This comes after abortion rights groups criticized the president for siding with social conservatives.

President Obama has been fighting to prevent teens from having access to the pills since he took office.

"As a father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine," Obama said in 2011.

Advocates for women's rights groups say the administration's reversal on the issue is a step forward for "reproductive justice."

"It's an important step and we want them now to take that next important step and make the two-pill version, which is equally safe and effective and often more affordable available to all women on the same basis," Bebe Anderson of the Center for Reproductive Rights said.

But opponents of making the pill available without an age limit criticized the government for not sticking with its decision.

A spokesperson for the Family Research Council said, "We're very concerned and disappointed at the same time because what we see here is the government caving in to political pressure instead of putting first the health and safety of girls and parental rights."

The White House says the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice acted independently in deciding how to proceed with the case, and they're continuing that approach, referring all questions about the decision to Health and Human Services.

***Why did the Obama administration change its mind on this issue? And what is the danger of the drug? Penny Nancy, the CEO and president of Concerned Women of America, answers these questions and more following this report.

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