A federal judge in New York today ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make Plan B available without prescription to all women, including teenagers younger than 17 years of age.
The ruling comes after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled a government panel recommendation in 2011 to sell the possible abortion-causing drug over-the-counter to girls as young as 11 without a prescription. At the time, Sebelius said she was concerned about young girls having access to the drug without doctor supervision.
“This ruling makes no sense. It gives young girls unsupervised access to a powerful drug without medical oversight or parental knowledge. It puts teenage girls at greater risk to be pressured into sex and provides no way for parents to know if their daughters are using the drug as a routine contraceptive – which the drug manufacturer warns against. The Obama Administration was right to restrict this drug to adults and the judge is wrong to reverse that decision,” said CitizenLink senior analyst, Carrie Gordon Earll.
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman’s ruling is set to go into effect in 30 days.
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