Federal judge Edward Korman of the Eastern District of New York issued a ruling this morning that will force the sale of Plan B, the “morning after pill” to teenagers over-the-counter.
This is an absolutely outrageous decision, clearly driven by the politics of Big Abortion, that has serious implications for the health of young girls. In a remarkable irony, I find myself in agreement with President Obama. After the FDA recommended OTC provision of the drug in 2011, Kathleen Sebelius over-ruled them. A media firestorm ensued, but the president defended her, saying he agreed that young girls needed medical supervision before having access to the drug. At the time he made this statement:
“The reason Kathleen made this decision is that she could not be confident that a ten-year-old or an eleven-year-old going to a drugstore should be able — alongside bubble gum or batteries — be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could have an adverse effect.”
Frankly, that’s just common sense regardless of your position on the distribution of drugs with life-ending properties.
Our attorneys are currently reviewing the decision carefully, and we’ll have more on that later.