In our opinion, the secretary’s decision to retain behind-the-counter status for Plan B One-Step [anm. “Pille danach”, mit Levonorgestrel als Wirkstoff] was based on politics rather than science. It cannot be based on issues of safety, since a 12-year-old can purchase a lethal dose of acetaminophen in any pharmacy for about $11, no questions asked. The only documented adverse effects of a $50 dose of levonorgestrel are nausea and delay of menses by several days. Any objective review makes it clear that Plan B is more dangerous to politicians than to adolescent girls. Thus, we once again have a situation in which political considerations are forming the basis of public health policy — resulting in another sad day for women.