Plan B now available to 17-year-olds

From the New York Times, evidence of…

liberal activist judges legislating from the bench!

A federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration on Monday to make the Plan B morning-after birth control pill available without prescription to women as young as 17.
The judge ruled that the agency had improperly bowed to political pressure from the Bush administration in 2006 when it set 18 as the age limit.
The agency has 30 days to comply with the order, in which the judge also urged the agency to consider removing all restrictions on over-the-counter sales of Plan B. The drug consists of two pills that prevent conception if taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.
Citing depositions, Judge Korman wrote that agency officials had improperly communicated with White House officials about Plan B. And, he said, F.D.A. employees sought to influence decisions by appointing people with anti-abortion views to an independent panel of experts reviewing Plan B for the agency.
The agency also departed from its normal procedures, the judge wrote, by ignoring favorable conclusions about the drug by an advisory panel as well its own scientists and officials who found that the drug could be safely used by women at least as young as 17.
Such “political considerations, delays and implausible justifications” showed that the F.D.A. had acted without good faith or reasoned decision making, Judge Korman wrote.

This could turn into a fun judicial game: find how many different federal agencies can be legally compelled to change something because of Bush administration officials’ placing conservative ideology ahead of science.

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  1. #1 by Crudely Wrott on March 24, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Let’s hope that this exposure of disdain of fact, the sacrifice of knowledge at the alter of political gain is indeed part of a trend.
    It is unclear how, in a world where more knowledge is more generally available to a generally more enthusiastic population who have a means to respond in real time, such dissemblance and mendacity can last.
    *Hard fact: it has happened, frequently. Often long lasting. See History, Civilization.*
    But now comes the InnaTubes!! Citizens now have the ability to operate at a speed rivaling their elected officials and the entrenched bureaucracy (or -cies). Surely an opportunity. I think it’s go legs, too, if the difference it has made in its adolescence (say, the last five years?) is any indication.
    More than likely it is an extremely rare occasion for the information technology of those governed to rival or surpass that of those who govern. Many interesting questions arise.

  2. #2 by DrBadger on March 24, 2009 - 11:12 pm

    This is nice, but all it allows is for the next right-winged administration to use the same “ideology” excuse to reverse everything back again.

  3. #3 by DrBadger on March 24, 2009 - 11:12 pm

    This is nice, but all it allows is for the next right-winged administration to use the same “ideology” excuse to reverse everything back again.

  4. #4 by catgirl on March 27, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    It’s a good first step, but it doesn’t go far enough. Plenty of girls younger than 17 need to have access to Plan B without a prescription too.

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