The federal government is grappling with the explosive question
of whether to let anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after
pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a
The Food and Drug Administration has until Wednesday to respond
to a request from the drug’s manufacturer to make the pill as easy to
get as toilet paper and toothpaste, a move pushed by some doctors,
health advocates, family-planning activists, members of Congress and
others to help women prevent unwanted pregnancies.