US judge lifts 'morning after' pill age limit

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#1 Posted by Aljosa23 (24750 posts) -

A US federal judge has ordered the government to make the "morning after" pill available over the counter to girls of all ages within 30 days.

Judge Edward Korman said a decision by the US health secretary to limit over-the-counter purchases of the drug to those 17 and older was "capricious".

The reproductive rights group which brought the case called the ruling a victory for women.

A US government lawyer said it was considering legal options.

In Friday's decision, New York Judge Korman struck down the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule requiring girls 16 and under to have a prescription for the pill.

He said the FDA's restriction was "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable".

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which brought the case, argued that there was no scientific proof that girls younger than 17 could not safely use the drug without supervision.

It said that politics had more to do with limiting access to the pill. US social conservatives have argued that widening the pill's availability would promote sexual activity among younger girls.

In 2011, the FDA said it had concluded that the "morning after" pill could be safely used by girls of child-bearing age.

But in an unprecedented move, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the agency.

She said there was not enough evidence from all potential ages to support removing over-the-counter restrictions. President Barack Obama said he supported the decision.

In his ruling, Judge Korman criticised the Obama administration's justification, calling it "an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their rights to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions".

Teva Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures the birth control drug, called Plan B, had also petitioned the government to lift the restrictions.

An FDA spokeswoman declined to comment on Friday's ruling, saying it was an ongoing legal matter.

F Franklin Amanat, a lawyer for the Department of Justice, told the Associated Press news agency: "We are reviewing the decision and evaluating the government's options."

The Center for Reproductive Rights welcomed the ruling.

"Women all over the country will no longer face arbitrary delays and barriers just to get emergency contraception," spokeswoman Nancy Northup told Reuters news agency.

Emergency contraception is effective for the first 72 hours after sex, but is more likely to work the sooner it is taken, and can cause side-effects such as nausea and diarrhoea in some women.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22044790

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Damn. Didn't even know the morning after pill had an age limit. Shame on Obama for trying to arbitrarily limit it

#2 Posted by MrPraline (21320 posts) -
Very good. Korman +1. Obama "supporting" something now he's never fought for is a bit silly to me but meh whatever. Barry can have half props like you said.
#3 Posted by Rich3232 (2754 posts) -
Good news.
#4 Posted by mingmao3046 (2482 posts) -
good. now they will have no excuse for pregnancy.
#5 Posted by MrPraline (21320 posts) -
good. now they will have no excuse for pregnancy. mingmao3046
rofl "but mingmao said he would pull out in time!"
#6 Posted by sexyweapons (5302 posts) -

Hopefully means less 16 and pregnant.

#7 Posted by whipassmt (13995 posts) -

The reproductive rights group which brought the case called the ruling a victory for women.

A US government lawyer said it was considering legal options.

In Friday's decision, New York Judge Korman struck down the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule requiring girls 16 and under to have a prescription for the pill.

He said the FDA's restriction was "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable".

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which brought the case, argued that there was no scientific proof that girls younger than 17 could not safely use the drug without supervision.

It said that politics had more to do with limiting access to the pill. US social conservatives have argued that widening the pill's availability would promote sexual activity among younger girls.

In 2011, the FDA said it had concluded that the "morning after" pill could be safely used by girls of child-bearing age.

But in an unprecedented move, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the agency.

She said there was not enough evidence from all potential ages to support removing over-the-counter restrictions. President Barack Obama said he supported the decision.

In his ruling, Judge Korman criticised the Obama administration's justification, calling it "an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their rights to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions".

Teva Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures the birth control drug, called Plan B, had also petitioned the government to lift the restrictions.

An FDA spokeswoman declined to comment on Friday's ruling, saying it was an ongoing legal matter.

F Franklin Amanat, a lawyer for the Department of Justice, told the Associated Press news agency: "We are reviewing the decision and evaluating the government's options."

The Center for Reproductive Rights welcomed the ruling.

"Women all over the country will no longer face arbitrary delays and barriers just to get emergency contraception," spokeswoman Nancy Northup told Reuters news agency.

Emergency contraception is effective for the first 72 hours after sex, but is more likely to work the sooner it is taken, and can cause side-effects such as nausea and diarrhoea in some women.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22044790

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Damn. Didn't even know the morning after pill had an age limit. Half props to Obama for "supporting" the decision though shame on him for ever trying to set arbitrary restrictions.

Aljosa23

Why does the CRR use the word "women", when this ruling only applies to minors (i.e. "girls). Pullae non sunt mulieres.

#8 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2187 posts) -

There should have been no age limit on that in the first place.

#9 Posted by whipassmt (13995 posts) -

"President Barack Obama said he supported the decision" - does this mean he supported Korman's court decision or that he supported Sebelius' decision?

I think TC seems to think Obama supports the judge's decision (hence the comment "half props..."), yet based on the phrases placement in the article and on the fact that Obama did not overrule Sebelius and that he let Justice defend the rule in court, I think it may mean that Obama supported Sebelius, not Korman.

#10 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

So I can't take steroids responsibly, but some kid who is having irresponsible sex can?

#11 Posted by Aljosa23 (24750 posts) -

"President Barack Obama said he supported the decision" - does this mean he supported Korman's court decision or that he supported Sebelius' decision?

I think TC seems to think Obama supports the judge's decision (hence the comment "half props..."), yet based on the phrases placement in the article and on the fact that Obama did not overrule Sebelius and that he let Justice defend the rule in court, I think it may mean that Obama supported Sebelius, not Korman.

whipassmt

Oh man

Yeah you're right. Damn Obama smh

#12 Posted by LJS9502_basic (150351 posts) -
When did judges make the law?
#13 Posted by resevl4rlz (3273 posts) -

i guess MTV didnt say anything about this to prevent it

#14 Posted by Laihendi (5810 posts) -
That is fine, but next feminists will be demanding that the pills be subsidized which is not fine.
#15 Posted by jimkabrhel (15417 posts) -

inb4EvaneglicalFirestorm

Teen pregnancy is already way down over the past few decades, and hopefully this will continue it.

I did read somewhere that many teen pregnancies are actually seconds or even thirds, and the "morning after" pill probably won't help with that lot.

#16 Posted by Aljosa23 (24750 posts) -

That is fine, but next feminists will be demanding that the pills be subsidized which is not fine.Laihendi
That is inevitable. You should prepare the angry blog posts

#17 Posted by sexyweapons (5302 posts) -

[QUOTE="Laihendi"]That is fine, but next feminists will be demanding that the pills be subsidized which is not fine.Aljosa23

That is inevitable. You should prepare the angry blog posts

+Ebooks
#18 Posted by DroidPhysX (17089 posts) -

[QUOTE="Laihendi"]That is fine, but next feminists will be demanding that the pills be subsidized which is not fine.Aljosa23

That is inevitable. You should prepare the angry blog posts

Laihendi only prefers governmet subsidies when he's the one receiving it.

#19 Posted by heeweesRus (5609 posts) -

Why are Canadians so obsessed with America?

#20 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

Why are Canadians so obsessed with America?

heeweesRus
Nothing exciting happens in their country besides the occasional moose ramming a car.
#21 Posted by LJS9502_basic (150351 posts) -
[QUOTE="heeweesRus"]

Why are Canadians so obsessed with America?

Fightingfan
Nothing exciting happens in their country besides the occasional moose ramming a car.

lol
#22 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2187 posts) -

[QUOTE="heeweesRus"]

Why are Canadians so obsessed with America?

Fightingfan

Nothing exciting happens in their country besides the occasional moose ramming a car.

Really now? I was in Vancouver. It was an extremely hopping city. Was great, except for the rain..

#23 Posted by Murderstyle75 (4165 posts) -
good. now they will have no excuse for pregnancy. mingmao3046
And can finally be whores without having to accept personal responsibility.
#24 Posted by Capitan_Kid (6537 posts) -
Holy shit we actually had a law for this? The hell? Lemme guess, 18 and up only?
#25 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
inb4 Million Mothers
#26 Posted by playmynutz (5981 posts) -
legalize weed already i don't care if 16 years can buy plan b now
#27 Posted by Jebus213 (8748 posts) -

[QUOTE="heeweesRus"]

Why are Canadians so obsessed with America?

Fightingfan

Nothing exciting happens in their country besides the occasional moose ramming a car.

 

:lol:

#28 Posted by Serraph105 (27824 posts) -

if this means less pregnant teenagers than how can I not be for it?

#29 Posted by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -
[QUOTE="heeweesRus"]

Why are Canadians so obsessed with America?

Fightingfan
Nothing exciting happens in their country besides the occasional moose ramming a car.

I can confirm this. We usually apologize to it after too, it's our fault for having the car in it's home after all.
#30 Posted by CKYguy25 (2180 posts) -

i hope this controls all those pregnancy issues now?

#31 Posted by The_Power_of_X (450 posts) -

good. now they will have no excuse for pregnancy. mingmao3046
Religion and Pro-lifers. But this is great news regardless.

#32 Posted by hoola (6422 posts) -

If a free market existed then this would have been available to "underage" people years and years ago.  The decision is good but it is only a drop in the ocean.  

#33 Posted by The-Apostle (12172 posts) -
When did judges make the law?LJS9502_basic
You didn't know? Judges create laws all the time. >_>
#34 Posted by tenaka2 (17019 posts) -

[QUOTE="mingmao3046"]good. now they will have no excuse for pregnancy. The_Power_of_X

Religion and Pro-lifers. But this is great news regardless.

The catlicks shall not be pleased!

#35 Posted by yellosnolvr (19302 posts) -
[QUOTE="heeweesRus"]

Why are Canadians so obsessed with America?

Fightingfan
Nothing exciting happens in their country besides the occasional moose ramming a car.

zing