Federal Government Eliminates Limits on Emergency Contraception

by Dimitrios Halikias

The Obama administration has reversed its position on emergency contraception, and has decided to comply with a court ruling allowing emergency “Plan B” contraception to be sold over the counter without any restrictions.

In a court filing Monday, the Justice Department said the Food and Drug Administration would make the Plan B pill available without age or point-of-sale restrictions, such as having to show identification to buy it.

The government said that would make it comply with an April order from U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, N.Y., ordering the FDA to eliminate age and other restrictions on who may buy Plan B.

Originally, President Obama had ordered the Justice Department to appeal the court decision, citing the need for “commonsense” regulations.