Efforts by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to make emergency contraception available over the counter to females of all ages, has recently gained a positive ruling by a judge in April. However, the United States Justice Department has just filed an appeal to overturn the ruling to make emergency contraception or (“the morning after pill“) accessible without a prescription being required.
Last month, Edward Korman, U.S. District Judge, ruled in favor of making the morning after pill and other types emergency contraception accessible to individuals who need it without the requirement of a prescription. The appeal announcement through the FDA does state that this incidence is not related or pertinent with the Judge’s ruling, but more so the Teva Women’s Health Inc. application.
One of the essential and most concerning ingredients in Plan B, and other emergency contraceptives like it is levonogestrel. This hormone prevents an egg from implanting in the womb, and also may prevent fertilization taking place.
While some in opposition of this ruling are concerned of the “overall safety” of this decision, other advocates claim it is a “monumental decision.”
This passed Wednesday- the Obama administration was propositioned from Planned Parenthood tohey callow access to the morning-after pill to be expanded.
Planned Parenthood President Mrs. Cecile Richards states:
“Studies show that emergency contraception is a safe and effective form of birth control that can prevent pregnancy if taken within five days of unprotected sex, and research also shows that teens are as likely as adults to use emergency contraception correctly. Age barriers to emergency contraception are not supported by science, and they should be eliminated.”
However, Terry O’Neill President of the National Organization for Women also states in opposition to the appeal that it is a major step backwards in lieu of advocating for women’s health. In addition, to clearly stating her opinion that women should have every right to access of these effective and safe emergency contraception options- and that politicians should not be obstructing this right.
Emergency contraceptives are intended for use within 72 hours after sex but are most effective if taken within 24 hours.
Many developed countries require a prescription for oral contraceptives, including Canada and most of Europe, but other countries sell the pill without a prescription even formally or informally.