Here’s an update on the back and forth about lifting restrictions on Emergency Contraception from the Huffington Post:
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman took aim at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement last week that it was loosening restrictions on the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill, saying it can be sold without a prescription to those 15 and older. Previously, those sales were limited to teenagers who were at least 17.
The move came just before the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would appeal an order by Korman requiring drugstores to sell both Plan B and cheaper generic alternatives to women of any age.
At a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, Korman told an assistant U.S. attorney that the FDA ruling was a cynical attempt to “sugarcoat this appeal of yours.”
Korman said he would issue a ruling before the end of the week on the request to stay his order. But he left little doubt about where he stood, accusing the Justice Department lawyer of “intellectual dishonesty” and calling further delays in the 12-year-old case “a charade.”
When the government lawyer argued that delaying Korman’s order while it was on appeal was in the public interest, the judge responded, “Is there a public interest in unwanted pregnancies … that can often result in abortions?”
The judge also expressed outrage at another provision under the new FDA rules that would require government-issued photo identification to get the pills, placing an “impossible burden” on disadvantaged people without IDs.
Age restrictions on emergency contraception are not based on science and it’s our belief that they need to be removed. For more, you can check out the rest of the article here