Feds Appeal Judge's Plan B Decision
Justice Dept. says he had no right to make it available to all ages
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2013 7:28 PM CDT
This undated image made available by Teva Women's Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – The "Plan B" Iegal fight gets a little more tangled: The Justice Department today said it will appeal a judge's decision lifting all age limits on the birth-control pill and a cheaper generic. The federal government says the judge who issued the ruling exceeded his authority, and it wants his decision suspended while the appeal is underway. It's not clear yet whether the latter will happen. US District Judge Edward Korman of New York had given the FDA until Monday to lift all age limits on Plan B, declaring that emergency contraception be sold just like aspirin.

The FDA hasn't done that, but yesterday it took a lesser step. The agency said anyone 15 or older could begin buying one brand, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription—two years younger than the current age limit of 17. The Justice Department's action today has no bearing on the FDA's decision yesterday.

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pg13
May 2, 2013 6:48 AM CDT
Listen ladies, if you won't let me have your vagina at least let me legislate your reproductive organs.
pepperpete
May 1, 2013 11:31 PM CDT
I heard someone say that it was every women's right to have access to this pill. This was without any parental consent for anyone. I heard it was 17 then 15 then anyone. If this is true then any female can have sex under any circumstance with anyone and know one needs to know. So the government says your 13 year old daughter can have sex and she is not responsible to anyone because she is a women according to the law. And no matter what the age it will be just as easy to get the pill as it is with any drug. Government morality they now best.
Bushdidit
May 1, 2013 9:21 PM CDT
Don't kill me for throwing a conspiracy theory out there but: this as well as all the pro abortion/late abortion "talk" is so nuts that it almost smells of a "sneaky" way of implementing some kind of population control. Just a thought. That being said; I don't think 15 yr old children should be able to take a pill that could potentially ruin they're chance of ever having a baby.(who knows a kid might want to be extra sure and take more than one) I don't know much about these pills but i have heard of women doubling up on birth control in a effort to seize a pregnancy which has resulted in them becoming unfertile.