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Wisconsin Attorney General asks to join lawsuit against FDA for Plan B pill

By Judith Davidoff, The Capital (Madison, Wisconsin), March 15, 2006

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager announced this morning that she has asked to piggyback onto a New York lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights against the Food and Drug Administration for delaying approval of over-the-counter sales of Plan B, the so-called "morning-after pill."

At a news conference at the state Capitol today, Lautenschlager said she has asked a federal district court judge in New York to allow the state of Wisconsin to intervene in the lawsuit, which was filed in January 2005.

Lautenschlager, who is up for reelection this fall, said in a news release that the citizens of Wisconsin are being harmed by the FDA's delay, which she charged was politically motivated.

If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is highly effective in preventing pregnancy.

Studies by the FDA have found the morning-after pill to be safe and effective, but the agency has repeatedly stalled its approval of over-the-counter sales of the medication. Critics say pressure from the Bush administration and anti-abortion groups have caused these approval delays.

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