U.S. Justice Department Appeals Ruling Ordering Morning-After Pill to Be Made Available to Children

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by Heather Clark | Christian News Network
May 4, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The United States Department of Justice has appealed a ruling ordering the government to remove all age restrictions surrounding non-prescription-based sales of the morning-after pill.

The notice of appeal was filed on Wednesday, one day after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved the pill over-the-counter and lowered the purchasing age to fifteen in an attempt to appease the court.

Morning after pillAs previously reported, Judge Edward R. Korman, appointed by Ronald Reagan, blasted the Obama administration in March for not making Plan B, and other generic variations of the pill, freely available to all ages. He stated that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius likely had the presidential election in mind when she set the age limit to 17 in 2011.

“The motivation for the secretary’s action was obviously political,” he wrote. “[I]t was scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent.”

But Sebelius stated at that time that the basis of her decision was her belief that Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of Plan B, had not yet researched whether the morning-after pill might be harmful to girls as young as age 11.

Now, the Justice Department is asking Korman to stay his order pending [Read the full story here: Morning-After Children]

 

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