It 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.