Obama Administration Appealing FDA’s Morning-After Pill Decision

Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2013

This is why we can’t have nice things, America.

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced the age to purchase the morning-after pill would be lowered to 15 and it would be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. The decision was prompted by a federal judge having struck down the “age-17 and over without a prescription” limit back in April. But no more: yesterday, the Justice Department announced its plans to appeal the federal court decision, claiming, The Washington Post reports, the federal judge “overstepped his authority.”

Said the Justice Department, “A drug approval decision involves scientific judgments as to whether statutory and regulatory factors are met that warrant deference to those charged with the statutory responsibility to make those decisions.” However, the judge acted precisely due to inaction by the government following the FDA’s recommendation in 2011 that the Plan B morning-after pill is safe for women of all ages without a prescription. Yet Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA’s recommendation.

In short, this drama goes on, and on, and on, and on. And women are the ones who suffer for it. [Washington Post]

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