Well, this is a real profile in couragefrom President Obama:
President Obama said on Thursday he “did not get involved” in the decision to prevent young girls from buying the controversial morning-after “Plan B” pill in drug stores. He told reporters at the White House the decision was made by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But he gave it his full backing despite criticism from women’s health activists.
That would be the decision, announced yesterday, that in a never-before-seen decision to overrule the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation, Kathleen Sebelius decided girls under the age of 17 are too dumb and immature to use the morning after pill without a prescription.
First of all, it seems highly unlikely that Sebelius made this unexpected, unprecedented and rather shocking decision without any input whatsoever from the White House. Especially now, as the country awaits the president’s decision about whether to cover contraception without co-pays under the Affordable Care Act—as he’d said would be the policy—or whether to side with the Catholic Bishops by throwing the 99 percent of women who use, or have used birth control, under that all-too-familiar, high-mileage bus. This looks a lot more like a decision to let Sebelius be the scapegoat for a decision that, inevitably, is only further infuriating those whom the president seems so devoted to alienating.