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Judge lays into Obama over Morning After Pill

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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Judge Rules Morning-After Pill Must Be Available Over the Counter, to Everyone

A federal judge has ordered the government to allow the sale of emergency contraceptive pill Plan B One-Step without a prescription to any woman, no matter her age. The action effectively reverses a stunning decision by Heath and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who in 2011 overruled the Food and Drug Administration's decision to make the pill more widely available over-the-counter. Sebelius's intervention restricted over-the-counter sales of Plan B to women aged 17 and older. 

The judge's order is the latest move in a long legal battle that has seemingly pitted scientists (including some working for the FDA) and sexual health advocates against government officials and others who see a controversy in making the pill more widely available. That's despite significant scientific evidence that the pill is safe, does not encourage promiscuity, and does not cause an abortion. Judge Edward R. Korman's opinion referenced and dismissed a specific concern cited by both Sebelius and President Obama at the time of the 2011 intervention, namely that the pill could be harmful to 10 and 11-year-old girls: 

"This case is not about the potential misuse of Plan B by 11-year-olds. These emergency contraceptives would be among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter, the number of 11-year-olds using these drugs is likely to be miniscule, the FDA permits drugs that it has found to be unsafe for the pediatric population to be sold over-the-counter subject only to labeling restrictions, and its point-of-sale restriction on this safe drug is likewise inconsistent with its policy and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as it has been construed. Instead, the invocation of the adverse effect of Plan B on 11-year-olds is an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their right to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions."

Calling Sebelius's action on the issue "arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable," Judge Korman ordered the government to lift age restrictions on Plan B One-Step (and generic versions) for over-the-counter sales within 30 days. Korman concluded, "The FDA has engaged in intolerable delays in processing the petition. Indeed, it could accurately be described as an administrative agency filibuster...The plaintiffs should not be forced to endure, nor should the agency's misconduct be rewarded by, an exercise that permits the FDA to engage in further delay and obstruction."

According to the New York Times, the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services have not commented yet on whether they will appeal the decision. 

Thoughts? Reactions?  Anyone uncomfortable with the idea of a 14 year old being able to walk into the store and buy this, no questions asked?

by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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MsDenuninani
by Silver Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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Personally, I'm so glad that Judge Komen didn't buy those arguments.  They were stupid.  I really hope that the Administration doesn't appeal.

mommysangelface
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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i think allowing the morning after pill to be over the counter it is going to cause an issue with the younger girls thinking, "hey now i can have sex cuz i can walk into the store and get this pill"

i think this is a bad move

chloedee
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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I'm more uncomfortable with a 14 year old getting pregnant.

I hope they don't appeal either.

chloedee
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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The pill is $40-50 a dose. That would be a rather expensive way to have constant unprotected sex.

Quoting mommysangelface:

i think allowing the morning after pill to be over the counter it is going to cause an issue with the younger girls thinking, "hey now i can have sex cuz i can walk into the store and get this pill"

i think this is a bad move



mommysangelface
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

it still opens the door

Quoting chloedee:

The pill is $40-50 a dose. That would be a rather expensive way to have constant unprotected sex.

Quoting mommysangelface:

i think allowing the morning after pill to be over the counter it is going to cause an issue with the younger girls thinking, "hey now i can have sex cuz i can walk into the store and get this pill"

i think this is a bad move




Grainia
by Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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Quoting mommysangelface:

it still opens the door

Quoting chloedee:

The pill is $40-50 a dose. That would be a rather expensive way to have constant unprotected sex.

Quoting mommysangelface:

i think allowing the morning after pill to be over the counter it is going to cause an issue with the younger girls thinking, "hey now i can have sex cuz i can walk into the store and get this pill"

i think this is a bad move




Puberty and hormones have already opened that door.

ms-superwoman
by Silver Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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I would rather a 14 year old be able to get plan b, than being pregnant with a baby that she cannot take care of and living off welfare.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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That's good for them.

Especially so in the states that are trying to shut down clinics that do abortions, and making it illegal sooner and sooner.

Though I imagine most people against abortion are also against this pill.

Which is odd becase we are going to end up with a lot of unplanned babies soon otherwise. Especially since the people who push abortion, and are against the pill tend to also be against teaching sex ed (Condoms, contraception, etc).

And before someone suggest that these teenagers will pop them like candy lets not forget they cost around 40-50 dollars. A rather expensive candy to be popping.

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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That door was opened in the sixties when the supreme court ruled that birth control was not to be made illegal because some feared ensuing immorality. Actually that door was opened when the condom was invented thousands of years ago. Using pregnancy as punishment for sexuality is no way to reduce promiscuity of any age group. If that worked, no one would ever have had kids out of wedlock which has been happening since the invention of wedlock.
Don't want teens getting pregnant? Get them birth control and educate then on how to wait. Babies should be worth more than punishment for being a bad girl.

Quoting mommysangelface:it still opens the doorQuoting chloedee:The pill is $40-50 a dose. That would be a rather expensive way to have constant unprotected sex.
Quoting mommysangelface:i think allowing the morning after pill to be over the counter it is going to cause an issue with the younger girls thinking, "hey now i can have sex cuz i can walk into the store and get this pill"i think this is a bad move
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pixie92
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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oh please this is the same as condoms and it doesnt make girls think they can have sex. All the girls know they can go to pp and get condoms and birth control without parent permission. Its not what causes girls to think they can have sex. Either they will or wont the protective things out there are not going to encourage or discourage it.


Quoting mommysangelface:

i think allowing the morning after pill to be over the counter it is going to cause an issue with the younger girls thinking, "hey now i can have sex cuz i can walk into the store and get this pill"

i think this is a bad move


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