Federal Judge Orders FDA to Make “Morning-After” Contraception Available for Young Girls

Pursuant to a federal court order, the FDA must “make ‘morning-after’ emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age.”  The decision was applauded by reproductive-rights groups and condemned by anti-abortion and religious groups.  The FDA previously approved sales of the “Plan B” pill without a prescription or age limits, however Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius subsequently ordered the FDA to prohibit girls under the age of 17 from purchasing the pills without a prescription.  Last Friday, that decision was overturned as “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman.  Read the original articles here and here.

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