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Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2013

Obama administration ends battle over morning after pill, paves the way for access to girls of all ages

The Obama administration’s appeal in the legal fight over morning-after pills has been officially put on hold until a judge weighs a new plan to allow girls of all ages to buy the contraceptives without a prescription, according to a government letter filed Tuesday.

Lawyers with the Department of Justice and those for the plaintiffs who sued over the issue told the clerk for the federal appeals court in Manhattan that they wanted to suspend the appeals case until they hear again from U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in the letter.

photo Peterselfchoose via Flickr

photo Peterselfchoose via Flickr

The government had appealed the judge’s underlying April 5 ruling, which ordered emergency contraceptives based on the hormone levonorgestrel be made available without a prescription, over the counter and without point-of-sale or age restrictions.

But on Monday, the Department of Justice notified him that it was reversing course and seeking prompt Food and Drug Administration approval of all-age sales — an announcement that pleased girls’ and women’s rights advocates who said it was long overdue and disappointed social conservatives who claim it threatens the rights of parents and their children.

“It is the government’s understanding that the course of action … fully complies with the district court’s judgment in this action,” Lynch wrote.

She added that if the judge agrees, “we intend to file with this court notice that the government is voluntarily withdrawing the above-referenced appeal.”

– See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/feds-morning-after-pill-appeal-officially-hold#sthash.DawlNCBB.dpuf

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  1. FDA approves Plan B One-Step for all women of reproductive potential without a prescription - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] approval comes after the agency’s June 10th notification of  a United States District Court judge in New York of its intent to comply with the court’s […]

  2. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    WELL, WELL, WELL – HETEROSEXUALS HAVE THE CURIOUS ABILITY TO CONTRADICT THEMSELVES IN A NANO-SECOND!

    IN ANOTHER THREAD, I JUST MADE COMMENTARY ABOUT SO-CALLED, “homosexual pedophilia.” BUT, IN THIS THREAD, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman WANTS TO REVIEW THE FEASIBILITY OF ALLOWING GIRLS OF ALL AGES ACCESS TO, “RU486.”

    MOST NEGROES DO NOT BELIEVE IN ABORTION. SO, IF A GIRL IS IMPREGNATED BY A MAN – REGARDLESS, OF WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MAN IN THE CRIMINAL-JUSTICE SYSTEM – THAT FETUS [AND, FUTURE BABY] IS KEPT.

    HETEROSEXUALS, ON THE ISSUE OF, “pedophilia,” YOU HAVE LOST CREDIBILITY.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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