Judge Overturns Obama’s Ban on Morning-After Pill for Young Teens
In 2011, the Obama Administration banned over-the-counter prescriptions of Plan B, or the morning-after pill, to teenage girls under the age of 17. At the time, Obama said that “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.” Many liberals and women’s right activists were outraged, especially since the ban overturned a directive from the Food and Drug Administration–not exactly ground zero for bra-burning radicalism.
Goodbye to all that now. Today, a (Reagan-appointed) federal judge has overturned Obama’s decision, asking the administration to make the pills available to all teenage girls, within 30 days. “The invocation of the adverse effect of Plan B on 11-year-olds is an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their right to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions,” he wrote in his decision. [WSJ]