The federal government has decided to stop trying to block the availability of emergency contraception to girls younger than 16, and comply with U.S. District Judge Edward Korman. The ruling will allow girls of all ages to purchase the popular morning-after pill without a prescription.
Although The Department of Justice initially wanted women younger than 16 to possess a prescription to obtain Plan B One Step, the government told the judge on June 10 that they are going to submit a plan for compliance, and agree with the judge’s ruling. The new order allows the emergency contraceptive to be available without a prescription, over-the-counter and without point-of-sale or age restrictions.
Government Reverses Appeal
The battle allowing women access to the contraceptive has been ongoing and controversial, but the latest news of the appeal reversal brings it one step closer to a final judgement.
“Once the court confirms that the government’s understanding is correct, the government intends to file with the Circuit Court notice that it is voluntarily withdrawing its appeal in this matter,” the Department of Justice said in a letter to Judge Korman.
The department filed the appeal on April 5, after the judge ruled all women will have equal access to the pill. They requested that the judge not allow access without prescriptions until after the appeals court could decide the case, which was declined.
What Is The Morning After Pill?
Plan B contains a higher dose of the female hormone progestin than regular birth control pills and prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg. If taken within 72 hours of intercourse, chances of pregnancy can be cut by up to 89 percent.
What do YOU think of the ruling, HollyMoms? Do YOU think that’s fair?
— Lindsay Goldstein
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