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Old 05-01-2013, 11:07 PM  
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FDA appeals making 'morning-after' pill available to all ages

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Terry Baynes
Reuters
8:00 p.m. CDT, May 1, 2013

(Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday appealed a court order directing the agency to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age.

Lawyers with the Justice Department filed the appeal with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, according to court documents.

The appeal is the latest foray in the years-long legal battle over the pill known as "Plan B," a drug that has also sparked political and religious clashes. If taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex, it is designed to prevent pregnancy.

The government is seeking to overturn U.S. District Judge Edward Korman's ruling from April 5 that required the FDA to make the emergency contraception available over-the-counter to women of all ages within 30 days.

The Justice Department has asked the district court to temporarily stop its order from taking effect while the appeal is pending, said FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson.

The district judge's ruling came in response to a lawsuit originally filed in 2005 by the Center for Reproductive Rights and other groups seeking to strike down age and access limits to the emergency contraception. They argued that there was no scientific proof that girls of reproductive age could not safely use the drug without supervision.

Korman's order reversed a surprise December 2011 decision by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. At the time, the FDA had decided to approve over-the-counter sales with no age limits when Sebelius ordered it to reverse course, barring girls under 17 from buying the pills without a prescription.

President Barack Obama supported that restriction, invoking his daughters. But the timing, 11 months ahead of the presidential election, sparked criticism that he was trying to placate social conservatives.

In his ruling, Korman called Sebelius' decision "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable."

"The motivation for the secretary's action was obviously political," he wrote.

Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, criticized the government's decision to appeal.

Obama's "administration has decided once again to deprive women of their right to obtain emergency contraception without unjustified and burdensome restrictions," she said in a statement.

Before filing its appeal, the FDA said on Tuesday that it would allow girls as young as 15 years old to buy without a prescription the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive, made by a unit of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The agency said its decision to lower the age limit for Plan B One-Step was based on scientific data submitted by Teva that showed girls as young as 15 could safely use the drug without the intervention of a healthcare provider. Cashiers will still have to verify the customer's age before selling it, the FDA said.

The case is Tummino et al. v. Hamburg et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, No. 12-763.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #121
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OK, I disagree on both counts.
You honestly think fear (of getting pregnant) is disincentive to having sex for a teenager? That will convince teenagers to abstain?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:02 PM   #122
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You honestly think fear (of getting pregnant) is disincentive to having sex for a teenager? That will convince teenagers to abstain?
Yes. It's undoubtably a disincentive. It might not be decisive in many cases, but it's a negative for most teens who weigh the pros and cons.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:07 PM   #123
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I didn't have a brain when I was a teenager - I had a boner. It didn't weigh pros and cons. It just wanted to ****.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:13 PM   #124
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I didn't have a brain when I was a teenager - I had a boner. It didn't weigh pros and cons. It just wanted to ****.
Did you ever screw your girlfriend in front of her dad?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #125
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In the next room, yes. In front of, no.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:23 PM   #126
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In the next room, yes. In front of, no.
Why not?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:24 PM   #127
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:24 PM   #128
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You honestly think fear (of getting pregnant) is disincentive to having sex for a teenager? That will convince teenagers to abstain?
It worked for me.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:29 PM   #129
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The reason you didn't do it in front of him was because as careless as you were willing to be to get laid, you still balanced pros and cons, and the reaction you could expect from him was enough of a con to outweigh any of the pros.

But besides all that, the con of pregnancy is much greater for the girl than it is for the guy so the fact that you weren't very sensitive to it doesn't mean much.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:31 PM   #130
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It worked for me.
If your parents had told you that they understood that teenagers were going to have sex and they just wanted to make sure you were on the pill so you wouldn't have to deal with the inconvenience of pregnancy, do you think you would have been more likely to experiment with it?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:34 PM   #131
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:35 PM   #132
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If your parents had told you that they understood that teenagers were going to have sex and they just wanted to make sure you were on the pill so you wouldn't have to deal with the inconvenience of pregnancy, do you think you would have been more likely to experiment with it?
I would have. She would not. Been married 40 years and still laugh about those issues. She won.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #133
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:49 PM   #134
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The reason you didn't do it in front of him was because as careless as you were willing to be to get laid, you still balanced pros and cons, and the reaction you could expect from him was enough of a con to outweigh any of the pros.

But besides all that, the con of pregnancy is much greater for the girl than it is for the guy so the fact that you weren't very sensitive to it doesn't mean much.
I never peed on the floor in the middle of art class, either. I don't think that has so much to do with weighing pros and cons as just not being an animal.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:54 PM   #135
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I never peed on the floor in the middle of art class, either. I don't think that has so much to do with weighing pros and cons as just not being an animal.
Now come on. Did you really? Art class? Damn. Come on fess up....
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