FDA Ordered to Rethink Age Restriction for Plan B
Judge Says Politics Influenced Policy on the Contraceptive
A federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration yesterday to reconsider its 2006 decision to deny girls younger than 18 access to the morning-after pill Plan B without a prescription.
U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman in New York instructed the agency to make Plan B available to 17-year-olds within 30 days and to review whether to make the emergency contraceptive available to all ages without a doctor's order.
In his 52-page decision, Korman repeatedly criticized the FDA's handling of the issue, agreeing with allegations in a lawsuit that the decision was "arbitrary and capricious" and influenced by "political and ideological" considerations imposed by the Bush administration. (continued)
More Sex Less Contraception
The teen birthrate in the US is on the rise again. For the last 2 years, after years of it declining, it seems that abstinence only education is not key in helping teens delay sexual activity or improve contraception use. On the Bill Maher show Friday, it was mentioned that more teens in the US than India are becoming pregnant.
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