Federal Judge Says Morning-After Pill Can Be Had Over The Counter


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must end restrictions on how old a woman can be to obtain the pregnancy-halting “Plan B” morning after pill, according to a Federal judge’s ruling Friday that excoriated the Administration of President Barack Obama for politicizing the issue.

Before the ruling, the morning-after pill was available only to women who show proof to pharmacists that they’re 17 or older. Pharmacists could also, for reasons of conscience, refuse to sell the pills to anyone at all.

The new ruling makes the pills as easy to get as vitamins or headache medicine, and effectively removes the moral onus from pharmacists by moving the pill out onto store shelves, where a prescription or proof of age isn’t required to make a purchase.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman criticized the Obama Administration, saying a 2011 decision by Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the department of Health and Human Services, to limit sales of the pill to those over age 16 was “obviously political.”

“Even with eyes shut to the motivation for the Secretary’s decision, the reasons she provided are so unpersuasive as to call into question her good faith,” the judge wrote of Sebelius.

Unless the appeals process leads to delays, the order will take effect nationwide in 30 days; and morning-after pills could appear on drugstore shelves.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • granny mae

    Where is the judges medical degree that he would make such a decission? There are untold side effects of any drug and thisone is no different and to put it in the hands of minors is iresponsible to say the least. Who knows how many times a young girl might take this drug useing it as a form of birth control only to find out later that it has caused cancer or sterility later in life. These are not M&M’s and should be very carefully controled at all times.

  • JimH

    A young girl who needs parental permission to go on a school field trip to the zoo, can without a prescription or parents knowing, get this pill?
    Can drug stores refuse to comply with this, or will it be mandated that they have to go against their conscience and principles?

  • FreedomFighter

    So easy is it to get dangerous pharmical compounds that “KILL UNBORN” yet you need to provide ID to be scanned and sign a contract to buy sinus meds, why is this?

    Eugenics. They want you to die, your children to die, and of course if your child is not born all the better to cut the “weed” down early.

    It is in your face POPULATION CONTROL aimed at the uneducated and ignorant of society, Its why you find the bulk of clinics in slums and low income areas.
    Didnt Obama say something to the point “if we can save one childs life”? Another lie of course, but he could save hundreds of thousands banning that pill.
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Justin M.

    Do we need more 16 year old mothers on welfare? It isn’t pretty but may be necessary with shows like MTV’s Teen Mom and others. The Bible has no place in federal law. It’s teachings are sound and can be implemented and passed down in the household, but Separation of Church and State is the essence of “personal liberty”. If you believe that the government should not raise your children, then it is up to you to stop the youth from getting pregnant or providing support for the child.