Concern after morning-after pill is over-the-counter
MIFFLINBURG – Some concerns are being raised after a federal judge ruled that the morning-after pill known as Plan B must be made available over the counter for women of all ages. The decision on the controversial subject follows lengthy legal battles over who should have access to the morning-after pill and at what age they should be allowed to get it. State Representative Fred Keller(R-85th, Kreamer) is pro-life and is concerned about this decision.
Keller said, “I think it’s the government overstepping its bounds on several issues. This to me looks like the judge circumvented the whole system of checks and balances and the legislative process. Looks to me like judicial activism, quite frankly.”
Keller said, “Some people believe life begins at conception. I believe that also. My concern is when kids don’t show up for school, they get a phone call. Now we’re going to give kids this kind of pill and their parents aren’t going to even be aware of it. That concerns me.”
The Food and Drug Administration had initially decided to allow the emergency pill to be available for young teens. But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA in late 2011, and the agency limited availability without a prescription to women 17 and older. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to make the pill, commonly referred to as the abortion pill, available for all ages. (Ali Stevens/AP)