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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

http://www.ky3.com/news/sns-rt-us-us...,4232178.story

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 05-02-2013, 10:11 AM   #16
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The part I don't agree with is making it available to all ages and many seemingly thinking that it's no big deal. I know accidents happen and the point of all of this is to prevent unwanted/unplanned pregnancies, but the moral degeneration of this country is disturbing.

And my biggest issue is that this will do very little to prevent pregnancies from those that already ignore all other options out there currently.
Agreed. It's only really effective if taken within the first three days after unprotected sex, and it's really more effective if the female is already on birth control. I think you have to have parental consent before a minor can be prescribed birth control, so I think the same would be true of selling it to a minor OTC.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #17
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parental consent? ....what two 13 year olds do in the privacy of "their bedroom" isn't anyones business, especially the parents.

maybe they can call it .."old enough to bleed.....
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:04 AM   #18
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Agreed. It's only really effective if taken within the first three days after unprotected sex, and it's really more effective if the female is already on birth control. I think you have to have parental consent before a minor can be prescribed birth control, so I think the same would be true of selling it to a minor OTC.
So since a 15 year old doesn't need parental consent for the morning after pill I'll ask again, did the judge get it wrong?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:25 AM   #19
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Why does anyone need their parent's permission to try to prevent pregnancy?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:32 AM   #20
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Why does anyone need their parent's permission to try to prevent pregnancy?
Cuz thats mah grandbaby!!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:36 AM   #21
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Why does anyone need their parent's permission
I know, what have we been thinking all these years...?

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Old 05-02-2013, 11:37 AM   #22
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When does it become a baby these days anyway?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:39 AM   #23
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When does it become a baby these days anyway?
When its wic card shows up in the mailbox.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:48 AM   #24
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When does it become a baby these days anyway?
At conception.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:51 AM   #25
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When does it become a baby these days anyway?
When its parents baptize it in the Holy Waters of the Grand Old Party.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #26
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At conception.
I agree but the goal posts seem to be moving with the promotion of late term abortions and the information coming out of the Gosnell(sp) case. Im actually amazed at the low level of anyone even caring anymore.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:00 PM   #27
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The hilarity of this is that no 15 year old would be able to afford them guys. They're like $50 a pop.

They'll still have to tell their parents.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:00 PM   #28
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I agree but the goal posts seem to be moving with the promotion of late term abortions and the information coming out of the Gosnell(sp) case. Im actually amazed at the low level of anyone even caring anymore.
I suggest you pay extra taxes to support these kids if you really feel that way.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:02 PM   #29
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Given that minimum age requirement (15) is under the age of consent, do statutory rape laws relate to this? If so, how?

I genuinely want to know.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:03 PM   #30
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Someday when you're a parent maybe you won't sound so ignorant on this topic.
Hmmmm.

Sounds pretty accurate to me and I meet your "have child" qualifier.
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