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Judge Denies Obama Appeal on Plan B

[HHS photo by Chris Smith]

[HHS photo by Chris Smith]

THE Obama administration’s appeal on Plan B has been denied by the judge, who slammed President Obama and Secretary Sebelius’s obvious political stunt to appease political conservatives in both parties.

The judge called Secretary Sebelius out for ignoring the science of Plan B, writing she “lacks any medical or scientific expertise,” which applies to President Obama as well.

From Huffington Post, a snippet of the Plan B appeal denial:

The administration’s attempt to maintain an age limit on Plan B, Korman wrote in his decision, “ignores the fact that the FDA found that the drug was safe and could be used properly without a doctor’s prescription, and was prepared to make it available over-the-counter for all ages.” Thus, he added, “if a stay is denied, the public can have confidence that the FDA’s judgment is being vindicated, and if a stay is granted, it will allow the bad-faith, politically motivated decision of Secretary Sebelius, who lacks any medical or scientific expertise, to prevail–thus justifiably undermining the public’s confidence in the drug approval process.”

Korman said that Sebelius had “flagrantly violated” the FDA’s “salutary principle,” which is that only the FDA has the scientific expertise to make a decision on how to administer a particular drug. “Yet, in something out of an alternate reality, the defendants seek a stay to pursue an appeal that would vindicate the Secretary’s disregard of the very principle they advocate,” Korman wrote.

Following Friday’s ruling, the government has until noon Monday, May 13, to file a stay motion with the 2nd Circuit to delay compliance pending its appeal, or it will be forced to lift the age limit on the pill.

The federal government playing father to teen girls when the medical community of the entire world has assessed Plan B is safe for girls and women of all ages is government going beyond its role. As part of public health policy, the government has a responsibility to all citizens, including young teens.

Placating conservatives who have a penchant for trying to control everyone’s personal lives is exactly what President Obama and Secretary Sebelius are doing.

If the science and medical communities have proven Plan B is safe, individual families and parents can make their own decisions about their daughters, but they have absolutely no right to impede the rights of the young teen community as a whole.

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6 Responses to Judge Denies Obama Appeal on Plan B

  1. spincitysd May 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    This was the correct decision from the judge. Maybe now Obama will stop playing politics with this? But probably not. It’s not going to stop the freak-out by some about their little girls turning into young women, that’s for certain. It’s not going to stop some people’s belief that they own their children; that they have a right, neigh an obligation, to big-foot around and play God with their progeny. It is not going to stop the Christianist Crazies and their attempt to make sex as miserable for general public as it is for them. It is not going to stop the Misogynists in their attempt to slut-shame every sexual active woman out there.

    This tempest in a tea-pot has never been about Plan B, not in any real way. It has always been about sex. I has been about bloviating scolds trying to impose their puritanical morals on others. It’s been about sexual phobia(s) and sex hostility.

    Adolescence is when we discover and experiment with sex; have a nice day–deal with it. You can have a sex positive outlook about this, or you can freak out about those young nubile bodies having all the fun you never had. Your choice. May I suggest the former over the latter? Much less stress all around if you go with first choice.

    There is a way for adults to inform children about this change in their lives. There is a way to curtail the down-sides of sexual relations. Deal with the facts, give them out straight, talk about STI, Contraception, and other items. If you present yourself as a rational caring actor your Teens will listen to you; better yet they will trust and confide in you. Don’t panic, keep calm, be positive. It will be O.K

    Sidebar: You have no responsibility for any other child than your own. You have no notion of what that other child’s life may or may not be. So please lay off the generalizations of who and who is not qualified to take Plan B. You don’t mouth off about when someone should or should not take Tylenol, so keep mum about Plan B.

    I am Spincitysd and I await approval of this message.

  2. Ramsgate May 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    As the judge should have. A more correct decision could not have been handed down. They deserved every harsh word of it.

  3. Joyce Arnold May 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    “This was the correct decision from the judge. Maybe now Obama will stop playing politics with this? But probably not.”

    I think your “probably not” is accurate.

  4. ladywalker68 May 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    “If the science and medical communities have proven Plan B is safe, individual families and parents can make their own decisions about their daughters, but they have absolutely no right to impede the rights of the young teen community as a whole.”

    AMEN!!!

  5. Lake Lady May 11, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    If there has ever been a less effective Sec of HHS than Sebelius I can’t think of who it would be? Her only virtue seems to be her cozy spot inside the Presidents right pocket. I hold her largly responsible for all the confusion with the AACA. I have seen her many times giving seemly grudging terrible explanaions that enlighten no one. What is so hard about getting information out to the country that makes it clear?

  6. secularhumanizinevoluter May 12, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Nice to know there are still a couple of sane Judges left.

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