The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.
The US justice department said in a letter on Monday that it planned to comply with a court's ruling to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step and that it would withdraw its appeal on the matter.
The move is the latest in a lengthy legal fight over the morning-after pill, which was until recently only available without a prescription to women 17 and older who presented proof of age at a pharmacist's counter.
Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the FDA said the limit unfairly kept women and girls from accessing the drug, which is most effective when taken within 72 hours of intercourse.
On 5 April US district Judge Edward Korman said the US Food and Drug Administration had been "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable" in rejecting a citizen petition to make emergency contraception available over the counter to girls of all ages.Really? Arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable as a parent to think that maybe, just maybe, it isn't a great idea to have the morning after pill available to young teen-aged and pre-teen girls without their parents' consent or knowledge? That maybe, just maybe, the availability of the morning after pill that you can take in secret will provide just the extra quantum of persuasiveness that some, oh, 18 year-old man might need to talk, say, a 13 year-old girl into having sex? "See, you can always take a morning-after pill, and no one will ever know, so there's nothing to worry about."
The lack of understanding of human nature that liberals exhibit sometimes is just breathtaking. As a parent of 12 and 13 year-old girls, all I can tell you is that this decision is horrifying and stupid at the same time.
Oh, and note the deceitful way the story is reported. "Women of all ages"? "Women 17 years and older" (as opposed, I suppose, to "women 16 years and younger")? "Girls of all ages"?
Look, let's stop the Orwellian "black is white" language. Reporters are supposed to report the truth. The truth is we're talking about the American government thinking it's A-OK for a pharmacist to sell a 12 year-old girl the morning-after pill without her parents' knowledge or consent, the same way he might sell her a pack of gum. Do you think it's OK when you phrase it that way? I don't.
We live in a world where a 12 year-old can't be allowed to make judgments about the difference between a gun and a Pop-Tart chewed into the shape of a gun, but the same 12 year-old should be permitted to buy strong medicine to kill her baby without telling her Mom or Dad. Is that nuts? I think it's nuts.