By Sam Baker - 12/08/11 06:53 PM EST
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) avoided criticizing President Obama or Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the decision to overrule federal regulators and limit access to the morning-after pill.
At a Thursday news conference, Pelosi said science should guide the decision about whether to make Plan B available without a prescription to girls younger than 17. But she did not criticize Sebelius for overruling scientists at the Food and Drug Administration to block wider access to Plan B.
Many liberal groups, including women’s advocates and abortion-rights supporters, criticized Sebelius for intervening in the Plan B decision, saying it showed that the administration was putting election-season politics above science.
President Obama said earlier Thursday that as the father of two girls he supported Sebelius’s decision.