• Fri, Apr 5 2013

Federal Judge Awesomely Orders That Morning After Pill Be Available To Girls Without Your Permission

gty_plan_b_packet_nt_120924_wgIt was only in 2011 that President Obama majorly pissed me off with some “daddy knows best” nonsense. Contrary to the findings of doctors, researchers, and even the flipping FDA, the Obama administration’s Kathleen Sebelius overturned the decision to make Plan B available to girls without a prescription. Then, to make matters even worse, Obama had to give us all a paternalistic lecture about how since he was a father of two girls, he was more entitled to be making decisions regarding girls and their sexual health than, say, the “rigorous” efforts and findings of doctors. Well, Edward R. Korman of Federal District Court is calling that decision “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”

The New York Times awesomely reports that Judge Korman has lifted that age restrictive red tape, abolishing the need for a prescription for girls under 17. He has since ordered that Plan B (and generic versions of the morning after pill) be available to minors within 30 days.

Given that virtually everyone, from the FDA to the American Medical Association to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics have deemed Plan B safe for young girls, Judge Korman describes the legislative hold up as “intolerable delays.” And that’s not all he’s willing to say on the “politically motivated” pause on girls’ health:

“More than 12 years have passed since the citizen petition was filed and 8 years since this lawsuit commenced,” the judge wrote. “The F.D.A. has engaged in intolerable delays in processing the petition. Indeed, it could accurately be described as an administrative agency filibuster.”

He added, “The plaintiffs should not be forced to endure, nor should the agency’s misconduct be rewarded by, an exercise that permits the F.D.A. to engage in further delay and obstruction.”

No word yet on whether the government will file an appeal against the ruling. So far, so good for the sexual health of American girls.

Do you think Plan B should be available to girls under 17 without a prescription?

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  • Amanda

    When I was 17, I had sex with my boyfriend and the condom broke, so we immediately went to get Plan B. I didn’t have a proper state ID or driver’s license at the time, so the pharmacy tech refused to give it to me. Frustrated and scared, I turned around and immediately started bawling my eyes out because I was so terrified of becoming pregnant. Thank god the pharmacist on duty had a heart, because he saw what happened & took over and gave it to me anyway. I was so appreciative of that, and I still am. I could have had a child right now that I was not at all emotionally or financially prepared for, and my religious father was completely against abortions so I would have been in a bad place. He would have gotten in huge trouble and completely risked his career by doing what he did. I will forever be thankful, and I’m so glad girls don’t have to go through that now that this was passed.

    • http://twitter.com/marisasaystweet MarisaSays

      I think this personal experience (and thanks for sharing it!) kind of says it all. As long as it’s been deemed safe, health-wise, there is no good reason girls shouldn’t have access to Plan B (and birth control pills, condoms, etc.).

  • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

    From Obama’s point of view, I can kind of understand his position, given that he has two young girls. But that’s a very naive angle for someone who runs the whole damn country. Someone needs to explain to him that he needs to put his personal beliefs aside and do what’s best for The People.

    • KatherinneD.

      How is it not right for the people? Girls who want to use the pill will, and girls who dont wont. they have the right to choose.

    • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

      I think you misunderstood my post. I completely agree that it is what’s right for the people. I’m saying that Obama needs to put his personal feelings aside (read: Not wanting to condone sexual behavior for his own daughters), and do what’s best for the country.

      I think it’s ridiculous that girls, no matter what age, couldn’t get their hands on this before now. With free availability of the Plan B pills, we’ll see teen pregnancy statistics go down drastically. This will translate into kids being raised in much more stable homes, where parents were financially and emotionally ready for them. (Not saying all teen moms are bad moms! I know a few who are wonderful.) I think it’s a good move, all around. Yay, Federal Court Judge!

    • Blueathena623

      As always, excellent point valeri

  • Justme

    Thank goodness Plan B was available when I was in college.

  • Gangle

    In Australia, the morning after pill is available to minors over the counter, although I think if you are 14 or under you have to see a doc because health/effectiveness problems… although, that is what the family planning clinic is all about, where you can get sexual health related care at low or no cost, with no judgement and with complete confidentiality.

  • tikimuppet

    The more readily available contraception is, the less likely teen pregnancy is. I can’t stand parents who think their precious snowflake is suddenly going to shag everything in sight the moment they can get the pill. In reality a lot of kids have sex underage, and they do it without their parents’ knowledge. If they are better educated about contraception and safe-sex (not abstinence), and know they can get contraception without judgement then teenage pregnancy rates will most likely go down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elizabeth-Berens/668734006 Elizabeth Berens

    Here’s something a lot of people are not thinking about. Girl has sex willingly or not and does not know that she is allergic to a component of the medication (it can happen I had no idea was allergic to Demeral before becoming pregnant) and has a serious possibly fatal reaction to it and her parents have no idea why. I am not saying that these girls should not have access to this medication but what I am saying is lets stop acting like these babies because that is what they are in a way they are still young and think that nothing can happen to them. We are not allowing our schools to give asthema medications to children or asprin to children without a letter of consent from parent and doctor but yet we are going to allow young girls to take this medication at will without any thought to what may happen if this should have an adverse reaction. Get the parents involved again and make the family be responsible again and see the teen pregnancy rates really go down.