Target: Federal Judge Edward Korman
Goal: Thank judge for ruling in favor of a women’s right to safe access to emergency contraceptives.
A federal judge recently ordered that emergency contraceptives be made available over-the-counter to all ages without a prescription starting in the next 30 days. Sign this petition and support all-ages access to emergency contraceptives without the requirement of doctor or pharmacist permission.
Federal Judge Edward Korman overturned the Obama administration’s ban keeping women under the age of 17 from purchasing over-the-counter emergency contraceptives without a prescription. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now must lift the ban and improve access to contraceptives within 30 days. The FDA still has the option of appealing the ruling, although it is not likely. In 2011 the FDA itself recommended that Plan B One-Step, the morning-after-pill, be sold without a prescription or other restrictions. That decision was shot down by Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelious, for what many thought was a politically motivated reason.
The FDA first approved Plan B as a prescription emergency contraceptive in 1999. In 2003, the manufacturer asked the FDA to make the drug available over-the-counter. The FDA rejected that request, citing a lack of data on how the drug affected young women. After a 10-month review determined that the drug was safe, even for younger users, the FDA recommended the drug be available over-the-counter in 2011.
Please sign this petition in support of Judge Korman’s ruling, and join multiple health and medical groups promoting safe access to emergency contraceptives. No longer should a woman have to ask permission or navigate the medical industry to make a personal decision.
Dear Judge Korman,
Thank you for ruling in favor of women by granting access to emergency contraceptives without age restriction or prescription requirements. For too long women have been forced to ask permission for medicine they have the right to access alone. Not only will the availability of emergency contraceptives decrease preventable pregnancy, but will allow women the right to take control of their family planning.
Age restriction and prescription requirements create barriers for women seeking emergency contraceptives in an emergency. More and more youth are engaging in sexual activity at a younger age and this ruling will give them the options they need to think seriously about the consequences of their actions. Prescription requirements mandate that you see a doctor to access the time-sensitive medication. Many women do not have access to medical professionals, do not have insurance, and/or cannot confidently navigate the confusing medical industry. Proving this life-altering drug over-the-counter will provide women with a choice they may not have had access to earlier.
While there are still hurdles to cross in knocking down barriers to safe access, this is a giant leap in providing choices. Now we just have to make sure the drug companies don’t increase the cost beyond what is reasonable. Thank you for ruling in favor of women rather than political gain.
[Your Name Here]
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