Legal Articles

June 12, 2013

Obama administration stops bid to limit sales of morning-after pill

The Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to make the morning-after pill available for purchase over the counter without prescription has been fraught with controversy. The Obama Administration itself decided to take a hand and step in to attempt to block the new regulations. But as of June 10th, sources said the Justice Department has stopped trying to fight that decision.

Victory for several rights groups

The morning-after pill in question is Plan B One-Step. It is a contraceptive which, if taken within 72 hours of intercourse, can prevent conception. Formerly, a prescription was required in order to buy it, which meant underage girls couldn’t obtain it without parental knowledge. Now, however, it will be available to all women and girls, a victory for the women’s reproductive rights groups who had sued the government.

President Obama’s concerns

Mr. Obama had expressed concern, saying “as the father of two young girls” the idea of unlimited access to the drug made him uncomfortable. However, the federal judge handling the appeals case said the administration was “blocking the drug because of politics, not science” and ordered Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, to remove the block she had placed to prevent the F.D.A. from lifting the prescription requirement on the drug.

Once Teva Pharmacetuicals, the manufacturer of Plan B One-Step, has filed its remaining paperwork, the drug will be available to all women and girls regardless of age.


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