Sunday, March 29, 2009
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A federal court on Monday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its decision preventing minors from purchasing the morning after pill without a prescription. When the FDA made the Plan B drug available over the counter, it prohibited such sales to people under the age of 18. While pro-life groups were upset the drug was made available without consulting a doctor, they said the limits in selling it to teenagers were necessary. Today, U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman ordered the FDA to make the drug available to women as young as 17 within the next 30 days and to consider reversing its entire decision on selling the morning after pill to minors. Korman sided with abortion advocates who claimed the FDA didn't follow its normal protocols when making the decision. The Washington Post indicated Korman said the "record is clear that the FDA's course of conduct regarding Plan B departed in significant ways from the agency's normal procedures regarding similar applications to switch a drug from prescription to non-prescription use." Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, said the age restrictions need more enforcement, not less. Wright said selling the morning after pill over the counter will make it easier for men who abuse young women to cover up their crimes. Full story at LifeNews.com.