Obama Administration Reverses Course on Abortion Pill For All Ages
June 13, 2013
The Obama administration has failed to comply with the US District Court Judge Edward Korman’s order to lift age restrictions on the sale of the abortion pill.
According to the Department of Justice (DoJ), they notified Korman that they had reversed their course and would comply with the decision of the court to allow purchasers of any age to buy the abortion pill without a prescription.
Documents filed with the court state that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will remove the age limit on purchases of the abortion pill with the approval from Korman.
The FDA has granted Teva, an Israeli-based pharmaceutical corporations, “marketing exclusivity” to sell their product in the US.
Korman stated in his decision: “The decisions of the Secretary with respect to Plan B One-Step and that of the FDA with respect to the Citizen Petition, which it had no choice but to deny, were arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable. More than 12 years have passed since the citizen petition was filed and 8 years since this lawsuit commenced. The FDA has engaged in intolerable delays in processing the petition. Indeed, it could accurately be described as an administrative agency filibuster.”
Koman continued on: “This case has proven to be particularly controversial because it involves access to emergency contraception for adolescents who should not be engaging in conduct that necessitates the use of such drugs and because of the scientifically unsupported speculation that the drug could interfere with implantation of fertilized eggs.”
Nancy Northup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, released a statement regarding, what she calls, the unfair advantage given to Teva by the Obama administration.
Northup said: “Now that the appeals court has forced the federal government’s hand, the FDA is finally taking a significant step forward by making Plan B One-Step available over the counter for women of all ages. But the Obama administration continues to unjustifiably deny the same wide availability for generic, more affordable brands of emergency contraception. We will continue to fight for fair treatment for women who want and need more affordable options.”
In 2011, Teva, the pharmaceutical corporation that developed Plan B One Step requested that the FDA make their product available without a prescription to sexually active women and girls of any age.
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the DHHS decided that a female under the age of 17 must have a prescription to obtain the morning after pill (MAP).
Contrary to this public stance, in 2011, Sebelius said that both the FDA and DHHS were considering allowing “anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription.”
At that moment, the FDA had yet to respond “to a request from the drug’s manufacturer to make the pill as easy to get as toilet paper and toothpaste . . .”
Last November, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said that they wanted birth control pills to be sold over-the-counter (OTC) because it would make the goal of contraceptive “more achievable”.
According to the ACOG report: “Unintended pregnancy remains a major public health problem in the United States. Over the past 20 years, the overall rate of unintended pregnancy has not changed and remains unacceptably high, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies. The economic burden of unintended pregnancy has been recently estimated to cost taxpayers $11.1 billion dollars each year.”
The FHI360, a non-profit organization collaborating with “governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and universities” believes in using the philosophy of sustainability to “improve lives” and find ways to find “solutions for human development.”
Their stance on making the birth control pill OTC is that “unintended pregnancy is still a major public health problem” and making contraceptives easier to obtain would prevent these unintended pregnancies. “It removes all types of barriers.”
Eugenicists are concerned about the ability US citizens to procreate as evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention new report that states there is a palatable decline in abortions according to surveillance data.
The CDC report recounts: “Despite these multiple influences, given that unintended pregnancy precedes nearly all abortions, efforts to reduce the incidence of abortion need to focus on helping women avoid pregnancies that they do not desire. Providing women and men with the knowledge and resources necessary to make decisions about their sexual behavior and use of contraception can help them avoid unintended pregnancies.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) relayed in a new policy statement that doctors should begin giving teenagers the abortion pill Plan B, Next Choice and many others for “emergency birth control as part of an overall strategy to reduce teen pregnancy.”