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    Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    The Food and Drug Administration must make emergency contraceptives available to girls of all ages within 30 days, a federal judge has ruled, saying the agency's decisions regarding the so-called morning-after pill were "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable."

    The ruling by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman came as the result of a lawsuit brought by reproductive-rights advocates, who had sought to remove age and other restrictions on the so-called "morning after" pill.

    The Center for Reproductive Rights and other groups have argued that contraceptives are being held to a different and non-scientific standard than other drugs, and that politics has played a role in decision-making. Social conservatives have said the pill is tantamount to abortion.

    The morning-after pill currently is available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age. Younger teenagers must get a prescription.

    In 2011 the Food and Drug Administration had been prepared to lift a controversial age limit and make Plan B One-Step -- the nation's first over-the-counter emergency contraceptive -- available for purchase by people of any age without a prescription.

    But in December of that year Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blocked the move, deciding that young girls shouldn't be able to buy it on their own. Sebelius said that while young girls are physically capable of bearing children, they might not properly understand how to use the emergency contraception without guidance from an adult.

    President Barack Obama said at the time he supported Sebelius' decision.

    In his ruling Judge Korman said Secretary Sebelius' directive to the FDA to reject Plan B One-Step for OTC sales "forced the agency to ride roughshod over the policies and practices that it has consistently applied in considering applications for switches in drug status to over-the-counter availability."


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    Should minors be able to purchase Plan B?

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    Should minors be able to purchase Plan B?
    NO!!

    This sucks!

    I can't buy some kinds of cough syrup w/o ID,

    But girls can buy this stuff ??

    Whats wrong with these people ???

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Another step forward in the liberal pedophile agenda.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    unless there is some health issue with a minor taking it the FDA has no business getting in the way. Why they were asking for public opinion on the matter is beyond me since their only concern should be the scientific safety of the drug. If the bible thumpers do not want to buy it they are free to walk on by it. The bible should have nothing to do with the FDA's decision. I actually do support selling it over the counter to kids who may need it. It is cheap, it doesn't involve surgery, and the girl can fix her mistake without making a huge issue about it. We need to get the government out of the practice of enforcing some insane twisted abstinence moral values that don't work on kids who are going to have sex whether the christians like it or not. A baby is not a punishment for a promiscuous teen. Christians need to stop pretending a living human being is god's punishment on girls for having sex.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by penn1954 View Post
    NO!!

    This sucks!

    I can't buy some kinds of cough syrup w/o ID,

    But girls can buy this stuff ??

    Whats wrong with these people ???
    recreational cough syrup use is a little different than birth control. I am pretty sure you don't pop a whole lot of BC pills and get high.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    the liberal pedophile agenda.
    What is that?

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by penn1954 View Post
    NO!!

    This sucks!

    I can't buy some kinds of cough syrup w/o ID,

    But girls can buy this stuff ??

    Whats wrong with these people ???
    Yeah, the rules on cold medicine suck.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Another step forward in the liberal pedophile agenda.
    One more step and you can get to bestiality too. It still will be an insane logic leap, but I am sure you can bring in some other obscure unrelated items.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    I have a bad feeling about this one.

    My concern is someone else putting it in a woman's food to cause losing a ZEF she wants or to prevent pregnancy to begin with - her not even knowing. People not only can go crazy to try to prevent an abortion, other people also can go crazy trying to terminate someone else's pregnancy.

    I'd prefer it be 1.) be behind the counter and 2.) limited to sales to females and 3.) a record kept of anyone who buys it.

    There also needs to be INTENSELY harsh laws passed about giving this to someone without the person's knowledge. Some men and some parents totally freak out learning their girlfriend, mistress or daughter is pregnant. I see potential problems. A women likely wouldn't even known why she lost the ZEF thinking it just a miscarriage. In regards to ZEFs, its like selling cyanide pills OTC. Just slip one to any woman and end a pregnancy she wants, but you don't, in the learn stage. Or even routinely without her knowledge to avoid it happening in the first place. There also is the question of what happens if someone takes a lot of them or slips someone a lot of them at the same time.

    For those reasons I'm not fond of that ruling. Those all are not only very legitimate health concerns, but also assault concerns.
    Last edited by joko104; 04-05-13 at 02:15 PM.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    unless there is some health issue with a minor taking it the FDA has no business getting in the way. Why they were asking for public opinion on the matter is beyond me since their only concern should be the scientific safety of the drug. If the bible thumpers do not want to buy it they are free to walk on by it. The bible should have nothing to do with the FDA's decision. I actually do support selling it over the counter to kids who may need it. It is cheap, it doesn't involve surgery, and the girl can fix her mistake without making a huge issue about it. We need to get the government out of the practice of enforcing some insane twisted abstinence moral values that don't work on kids who are going to have sex whether the christians like it or not. A baby is not a punishment for a promiscuous teen. Christians need to stop pretending a living human being is god's punishment on girls for having sex.
    No one mentioned the bible or religion, where are you getting that from?

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