Federal judge rules morning after pill must be available to all ages

Federal judge rules morning after pill must be available to all ages

Federal judge rules morning after pill must be available to all ages

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Friday a federal judge in New York ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must make emergency contraceptives available to all women without a prescription. Previously, those 17 and under had to have a prescription to get the pill.

The subject was already controversial and this decision is sure to be no different. Planned Parenthood of Kentucky is pleased with Judge Edward Korman's decision--saying it moves reproductive health policy forward.

“This is just another way that women of all ages can be able to demonstrate and prevent unintended pregnancy and we are supportive of that,” said Planned Parenthood Kentucky Vice President Patti Stauffer.

Kentucky Right to Life is against the morning after pill regardless, but to them, this ruling has to do with family.

“You're taking adult things and you're putting them into a child's environment. I think a lot of parents will find that terribly disturbing as well,” Kentucky Right to Life Assistant Director Michael Janocik said.

The no age limit hits close to home for many.

“It’s an adult decision that needs to be made. To make this available for any age is just wrong in my eyes. It's just wrong,” Nora Abel, who is against the ruling, said.

“Parents need to know what's going on with their child. Under the age of 18 they need to know what's going on, because what if there's a side effect. Anything could happen so I think that ruling is wrong,” Tamara McNary said.  

“You can't walk in and get a Sudafed without some sort of demonstration of the medical need for it. Here we have a situation where we are giving young girls high potency hormones without their parents' permission. It's a horrible thing,” Janocik said.

The federal judge says the emergency contraceptive pills must be available to women of all ages within the next 30 days. Though the judge does think that the misuse of the drugs by younger women would be "minuscule," the judge did state in his opinion "the FDA bowed to political pressure emanating from the White House.”
 

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