There is conjecture that Planned Parenthood might not have minded Kathleen Sebelius’ decision not to permit the sale of Plan B out on store shelves.
In reality, Planned Parenthood is trying to increase its market share of the surgical and chemical abortion businesses. Selling Plan B One-Step out on the store shelves everywhere would accomplish this.
Plan B is not very effective. If girls and women are using it more, Planned Parenthood would sell more abortions. So they probably preferred that decision over the opposite.
There is a reason why Planned Parenthood did not have such an extreme shrieking response as some other abortophilic groups. It was already a prime distributor of this relatively INeffective birth control drug, and this business will continue. The profit margin is huge and the relative liability risk is small. Planned Parenthood will not gain the increased abortion business which was expected if Plan B had been made extremely easy to buy or steal, but that is offset by the fact that they will remain a front running distributor.
It is very possible that Sebelius would change her mind regarding Plan B if Obama is reelected in 2012. Holding this out to Planned Parenthood might induce them to continue forking over the campaign support.