A federal judge criticized the government’s request to delay a ruling allowing girls over-the- counter access to the “morning after” pill while the administration appeals the order.Pres. Barack Obama's daughters are aged 14 and 11. This judge is saying that his girls should be able to buy birth-control pills over the counter. Obama says girls should be at least 15 years old for that. Younger girls should be able to get them free under Obamacare.
U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman heard arguments today in Brooklyn, New York, over the government’s request. Korman ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the emergency contraception available to all women and girls without a prescription.
Speaking to a government lawyer, Korman accused the Obama administration of unfairly burdening consumers by maintaining age limits for the drug, which would force them to present photo identification to make a purchase.
“You’re basically disadvantaging poor people, young people and African Americans,” Korman said, referring to data showing that those groups might be less likely to have photo IDs. “That’s the policy of the Obama administration?”
Almost no one is willing to say that birth control pills to teenaged girls should require parental knowledge or permission.
Update: Salon describes:
Judge rips Obama’s right-wing Plan B stance ...A right-wing stance might be to require parental permission. Obama just requires physician permission for 14yo girls.
This morning, Korman repeatedly slammed his hand down on the table for emphasis, interrupting the government counsel’s every other sentence with assertions like, “You’re just playing games here,” “You’re making an intellectually dishonest argument,” “You’re basically lying,” “This whole thing is a charade,” “I’m entitled to say this is a lot of nonsense, am I not?” and “Contrary to the baloney you were giving me …” He also accused the administration of hypocrisy for opposing voter ID laws but being engaged in the “suppression of the rights of women” with the ID requirement for the drug.