Target: Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Goal: Praise the federal judges for allowing some morning-after pills to be available over the counter
When U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman from the Eastern District of New York proposed that Plan B One Step and two-pill variants of it be accessible for all women regardless of age and prescriptions, controversy quickly followed. According to the government, these types of emergency contraceptives should only be available for females over the age of 17. These pills must also be purchased from a pharmacist. Since Korman’s measure would allow these pills to be sold over the counter, the federal government has retaliated by filing an appeal hoping to stay the measure. The government wanted to delay any emergency contraceptive sales without limitations. The 2nd Circuit recently announced that even though the federal appeal is pending, sales for two-pill variants of the contraceptive pill could be sold over the counter immediately. Commend the 2nd Circuit for providing women with the proper contraceptives.
In a three-paragraph order, the federal court of appeals ruled that some of the contraceptive pills mentioned in Korman’s order must be available over the counter while the court reviews the appeal. The three-judge panel ruling allows two-pill variants of the morning-after pill, such as Next Choice and other levonorgestral pills to be available for all females without restrictions. This means that anyone who needs them can go and purchase them. The availability of the one-pill versions of this contraceptive will still be delayed. The order did not specify why the Plan B One Step contraceptive was delayed whereas the two pill drugs were not. But the push for some of the pills to become more easily accessible is progress for the female population.
“Today’s decision from the 2nd Circuit marks an historic day for women’s health,” commented the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northup reported by NPR. “Finally, after more than a decade of politically motivated delays, women will no longer have to endure intrusive, onerous and medically unnecessary restrictions to get emergency contraception.”
The morning-after pill is effective when girls and women take it within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. The effectiveness rate is up to 89 percent and it can prevent unwanted births that could be due to rape, condom failure or forgetting to use contraceptives.
The 2nd Circuit made the right move to allow some of the contraceptive pills be available over the counter immediately. Praise the judges for their ruling.
Dear 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,
Instead of staying the measure proposed by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman from the Eastern District of New York, your ruling has made some emergency contraceptive pills readily available for women. Although Plan B One Step is still being delayed as the federal appeal is being reviewed, the fact that your ruling is allowing two-pill variants, such as Next Step, be sold over the counter without restrictions is a huge step for women’s right.
The morning-after pill is effective when girls and women take it within 72 hours post sexual intercourse. The effectiveness rate is up to 89 percent and it can prevent unwanted births that could be due to rape, condom failure or forgetting to use contraceptives. Allowing these pills to be available gives the power of control over one’s body back to the woman, where it belongs.
Thank you for allowing some of the emergency contraceptive pills be readily available to all women without restrictions
[Your Name Here]
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