Congressman Ferguson’s office continues to refuse to answer questions regarding the over the counter sale of Plan B, the emergency contraceptive. Now, instead of answering a different question they are saying they don’t comment unless issues come up before the house. From kwilkinson:
No position forthcoming. He’ll only say something if it comes up in front of the House, which it won’t, because it’s being held up indefinitely by the FDA politicos, according to Marcus.
This is pretty selective, and intended to avoid answering direct questions from his constituents. It’s also based upon a pretty big falsehood. See, contrary to what Marcus said there is a bill in front of the House regarding Plan B and the FDA. Ferguson’s people just don’t want you to know it.
H. R. 4229 [pdf] is sponsored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY14) and has 61 cosponsors. Here’s the summary:
To require the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to determine whether to allow the marketing of Plan B as a prescription drug for women 15 years of age or younger and a nonprescription drug for women 16 years of age or older, and for other purposes.
This bill, which goes directly to the question Ferguson’s staff refuses to asnwer, was referred on February 17, 2006 to the “Subcommittee on Health” which is part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Congressman Mike Ferguson sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Congressman Mike Ferguson sits on the House Subcommittee on Health.
One of two things happened in that call regarding Plan B: either Ferguson’s office intentionally lied to a constituent regarding bills and issues pending in front of a committee Ferguson sits on, or Ferguson’s office is unaware of the bills and issues pending in front of a committee Ferguson sits on. They are lying or incompetent.