A federal judge has ruled that the government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger.
The decision, on a fraught and politically controversial subject, comes after a decade-long fight over who should have access to the pill and under what circumstances. And it counteracts an unprecedented move by the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, who in 2011 overruled a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription.
In a decision in a lawsuit filed by advocates, the judge, Edward R. Korman of Federal District Court, ruled that the government’s refusal to lift restrictions on access to the pill was “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”
Judge Korman ordered the F.D.A. to lift any age and sale restrictions on the pill, Plan B One-Step, and its generic versions, within 30 days.
So a thirteen year old girl can’t even bring an aspirin to school, but she can walk into any pharmacy and get a potentially dangerous abortion-inducing drugs no questions asked. Because an unelected official says so.
April 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm
So, Plan B will be easier to buy than Sudafed? Wow. Entirely unreal.
April 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Unelected, elected, what difference does it make? If someone, unelected, had the power to unilaterally end this farce of a government- and he actually knew how to govern correctly- I'd be happy.
April 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm
Does the judge have the medical and scientific background to even make such a decision? Shouldn't these types of decisions be left to the FDA and based on research and studies?
It drives me crazy that the pro-birth control/plan-B crowd acts like these medications are like a daily multi-vitamin. These are powerful drugs that have a lot of potential side effects and shouldn't be taken without a doctor's consultation.
April 6, 2013 at 6:48 am
YOU ARE GENIUS!…
Did you know that World Health Org designated the pill as a staged classification "CARCINOGENIC!!!…..
…and yet they hand it out to third world country people(s) as a condition to receiving food and medical assistance…..
Plan B is "A LOT" stronger!…I can see massive buy up by teens….and self medicating preemptively…..:(
April 6, 2013 at 5:43 am
and the eugenicists march on….