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Blagojevich pushes for over-the-counter Plan B

By AP/KWMU

Chicago, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich says he plans to make emergency contraception easier to get in Illinois.

And he'll do it with or without the blessing of the Food and Drug Administration.

In a letter sent to the FDA, Blagojevich urges regulators to approve over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill.

If the FDA fails to act, he pledges to introduce legislation in the fall that would allow Illinois pharmacies to dispense it without a prescription.

Blagojevich also says his attorneys are looking into whether he can make the necessary changes without the General Assembly's approval.

Nine states already allow women to get Plan B without a doctor's prescription.

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