Family groups to feds: Don’t delay – appeal judge’s Plan B ruling
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Traditional-values groups are calling on the government to appeal a New York federal judge's ruling making the “morning-after pill” – Plan B – available to minors.
Earlier today, Judge Edward R. Korman ordered the Food and Drug Administration to lift any restrictions to Plan B and the generics within 30 days. In his ruling, Korman called for the morning-after pill to be available over the counter for all ages without a prescription, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. The government’s refusal to life restrictions on access to the pill, he said, was “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”
Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms tells American Family News that the ruling is outrageous for several reasons, one being that there is no research to indicate that the morning-after pill is safe for minors.
“There are some studies that have been done on older women but not in that age group, and so that is problematic,” says McGuire. “And frankly, for a federal judge to rule on this area that has not been settled in science, that's a concern.”
Anna Higgins of the Family Research Council concurs: “We don't know the effect of long-term hormonal birth control on young girls especially during puberty, so this could be a potentially dangerous drug.”
Higgins, who is calling for the ruling to be appealed, says Judge Korman is also ignoring a decision by the secretary of Health and Human Services in 2011 overturning a recommendation to make the pill available to minors.
“Kathleen Sebelius' determination that this over-the-counter Plan B should not be available to young girls is a commonsense measure based on the data that she had and the current data – and the president endorsed her decision,” she explains. “So we really hope that they stand by that decision and appeal this ruling.”
Since the ruling never mentions parental rights, the drug could be purchased without their consent. Both McGuire and Higgins argue that leaves the door open for rapists and pedophiles to take their victims to a pharmacy to purchase the pill to help cover up their crime.
“The concern is that these young girls are being taken to these pharmacies by older men,” notes McGuire. “They cannot consent to a sexual relationship – and so when you're taking the doctor out of the process and you've taken the parents out of the process, you have left very young girls very vulnerable to older men.”
According to Higgins, the ruling drives a “wedge” between parents and daughters.
“... It voids teens getting guidance from their parents,” she laments. “So we're driving a deeper wedge between their parents and daughters, in that parents are not able to voice their concerns or to guide their daughters into making good decisions.”
Higgins is also concerned that the availability of the drug will increase promiscuity among minors and, ultimately, more sexually transmitted infections.- See more at: http://www.instantanalysis.net/latest-headlines-from-american-family-news/2013/04/05/family-groups-to-feds-don%E2%80%99t-delay-%E2%80%93-appeal-judge%E2%80%99s-plan-b-ruling#sthash.nYdgowdb.dpuf