The Obama administration appears to be afraid to risk right wing wrath by allowing Plan B to become more easily available as recommended by the FDA. Although more choices for contraception would reduce teen pregnancies, leading to both reductions in abortions and the number of people winding up on welfare, Republicans have threatened a major backlash if the FDA’s recommendations were allowed.
Once again we see that the right wing’s agenda goes far beyond restricting abortion and that it is right wing attitudes, not ObamaCare, which results in the government interfering with medical decisions. We also see the limits to which Democrats will stand up to the Republicans. While perhaps avoiding this fight might be of some short-term political benefit, by being so quick to compromise the Democrats fail to provide a clear alternative to the authoritarian right, limiting their potential support.