May 1st, 2013
09:54 PM ET

Justice Department appeals morning-after pill ruling

The U.S. Justice Department filed a notice of appeal Wednesday over a federal judge's ruling that directed the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after birth control pill available to females of all ages without a prescription.

The government also filed a motion for a temporary stay of the FDA's approval on Tuesday of the availability of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for ages 15 and older.

In April, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to make emergency contraception, namely the morning-after pill, available to females of any age, without a prescription. This week's FDA announcement, which pertains to an application from Teva Women's Health, Inc., is not related to that, the FDA said.

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  1. Brandy

    Good. Next step should be mandatory sterilization of anyone under 18 years of age and then only are you allowed to procreate if you can afford it. Stop the welfare babies. IUDs implanted early and often. I'm all for Plan B which isn't an abortion, btw, for Rascal Rabble who doesn't seem informed AT all.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fitness Events NYC

    Some young women think they can use the morning after pill whenever, but it only meant to be used a few times, I think like 2 or 3? Most young women are not educated on the product and can cause harm to their bodies.

    February 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
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