Emergency Contraception Again Snags Bush Nominee For FDA Chief

President Bush's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration says he's committed to "sound science" and the agency's "traditions and values."

Andrew von Eschenbach (ESH'-ehn-bahk) is on Capitol Hill today to face Senate confirmation questions -- chief among them his opinion on speeding approval for a morning-after emergency contraception pill.

In his earliest statements before the committee, Eschenbach has sidestepped any mention of the controversy.

Even though the agency yesterday announced it would reconsider approving the morning-after pill for women 18 and older, Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Hillary Rodham Clinton says they won't back down on resisting Eschenbach unless the approval actually comes through.

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