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FDA Nominee Defends Actions on Morning-After Pill

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), listens to Andrew von Eschenbach testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
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Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), listens to Andrew von Eschenbach testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Andrew von Eschenbach, President Bush's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, finally got his chance to make his case before a Senate committee.

But his fate is now wrapped up in a fight over whether to approve over-the-counter access to the so-called morning-after birth-control pill -- as well as broader questions about the intersection of science and politics.

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