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Obama administration to appeal court ruling on morning-after pill

Catholic World News - May 02, 2013

The Obama administration has announced plans to appeal a decision by a federal judge who ruled that the “morning-after” pill should be available for sale to all women regardless of age.

The Justice Department announced its plan to appeal the ruling the day after the Food and Drug Administration issued a new rule, allowing sale of the “morning-after” pill, without a prescription, to all women over the age of 15. Thus the appeal, if successful, would only restrict over-the-counter sales of the pill to girls under 15.

Even that potential restriction, however, dismayed liberal activists. The Center for Reproductive Rights, noting President Obama’s recent speech at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, issued a statement saying: “We are deeply disappointed that just days after President Obama proclaimed his commitment to women’s reproductive rights, his administration has decided once again to deprive women of their right to obtain emergency contraception without unjustified and burdensome restrictions.”

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