Pelosi avoids criticism of Obama, Sebelius on morning-after pill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) avoided criticizing President Obama or Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusOPINION | 5 big ideas to halt America's opioid epidemic Aligning clinical and community resources improves health Sebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' MORE 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.

“I have the highest respect for Dr. Peggy Hamburg, the head of the FDA, and the recommendation that she made based on science, Pelosi said at a news conference. But it wasnt satisfactory to the secretary for younger girls, and so perhaps more science is necessary.

Many liberal groups, including womens 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.