The following comes from a June 10 story on LifeSiteNews.com.
The Obama administration announced last night that it will drop a legal challenge many critics believed was an act of political posturing and allow the sale of the Plan B One Step “morning after pill” over the counter. As soon as the FDA completes the appropriate paperwork, any minor girl who has reached the age of fertility – possibly 11 years old or younger – will be able to purchase the drug without a prescription or parental notification.
The administration announced it was ending its legal challenge to a federal judge’s ruling last night.
Now the manufacturer of Plan B, the Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals, will have to submit an application for over-the-counter sale. “Once FDA receives that supplemental application, the FDA intends to approve it promptly,” the agency said in a statement issued Monday night.
Thus ends a multi-year effort by pro-abortion lobbyists to make the potentially abortifcient pill readily available.
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York ruled in April that the morning after pill must be made available over-the-counter to girls of all ages. The Obama administration appealed the ruling, while lowering the age girls may purchase the abortion-inducing drug to 15 – a decision that Obama said made him and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “comfortable.”
This was a change of tune from 2011, when Obama had suggested that restricting Plan B to those 17 years old and older was “common sense.”
At the time, Obama issued a statement in support of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s decision to overrule and FDA decision to lift age restrictions on Plan B. “I will say this, as the father of two daughters: I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine,” he said.
Added Obama: “And as I understand it, the reason Kathleen made this decision was she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going into a drugstore should be able — alongside bubble gum or batteries — be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect. And I think most parents would probably feel the same way….”
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