A judge ruled today that Plan B can once again be purchased OTC for women of all ages (well, in 30 days it will be)! For now, they’re still behind the counter and only women 17 and over can buy them without a prescription.
My new favorite judge, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman, had a great quote in his ruling:
The invocation of the adverse effect of Plan B on 11- year-olds is an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their right to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions.
And to think, Judge Korman was appointed by Reagan!
In response to the ruling, Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said,
“Today science has finally prevailed over politics.”
Planned Parenthood said the ruling was,
“good policy, good science and good sense”
It warms my heart to see social justice advocates invoke science in their victory speeches.
It was only a little over a year ago, Dec. 2011, that Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health & Human Services, made the unprecedented decision to nix the strong FDA recommendation to make Plan B available to all, because of “cognitive and behavioral” differences in girls of the youngest reproductive age.
The case: Tummino v. von Eschenbach, 05-cv-366, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn)