Obama betrays science to take another shot at pragmatism.

I’m all for being pragmatic.  I’m also all for developing pattern recognition.  During his first term, Obama tried constantly to reach across the aisle.  However, for every step he took toward the middle, the GOP did not budge.

Having apparently not learned his lesson, Obama has thrown conservatives another bone by having the DoJ enforce age restrictions on the morning after pill, even after a federal judge ruled them to be illegal and even after the FDA said there was no science to support the notion that the morning after pill was dangerous at any age.

“Age barriers to emergency contraception are not supported by science, and they should be eliminated,” Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement on Wednesday.

In December 2011 the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius, blocked the sale of the drug to young girls without a prescription, saying there was not enough data to prove it would be safe. In doing so, Ms. Sebelius took the unprecedented step of overruling the Food and Drug Administration, which had moved, based on scientific research, to lift all age restrictions.

Last month, Judge Edward R. Korman of United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York criticized that decision as overtly political and ordered the administration to make the contraceptive widely available. The Justice Department’s appeal will not say at what age girls should have access to over-the-counter morning-after pill.

Maybe this time conservatives will warm up to him a little bit.  And maybe the next time you drop a rock it will fall up rather than down.

Never have I hated voting for someone so much in all my life.  I don’t regret voting for Obama a second time, but it was like being forced to eat glass or shit.  I’d have no regrets about choosing shit, but I’d sure hate it for years afterward.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • islandbrewer

    I’m glad the court had more sense than the DoJ.

  • baal

    “maybe this time will be different…”<–the six word route to having things continue to suck. Really, it was time to cut off the (R) years ago. The 'have to show you're reasonable' care only needs to be play now and then, it's not a trump to be played every hand.

  • b33bl3br0x

    Yeah the DoJ says

    “This is not a political decision


    “This is a decision that the Justice Department is making in
    representing our client: F.D.A.,”

    The client that agrees with the judge’s ruling.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I support all girls/women who menstruate having access to Plan B.

    I also wish there was a way to require some sort of education about the drug without said law being manipulated to hell and back. I’ve had to use Plan B before…The pharmacist that was supposed to do my consult gave me a “dirty whore” look, told me straight up that if she wasn’t required by law to give it to me since I’d already paid she’d refuse to and then ignored all of my questions claiming she didn’t have to “support me murdering my baby” thanks to Arkansas’ ‘conscience law.’

    So I had no idea what to expect. And the end result was not too fun.

    • Glodson

      I am sure she loves you.

      In the same way that god loved Job.

      It never ceases to amaze me how people like that think their opinions are worth a damn, and need to be voiced.

    • Zugswang

      As a nascent pharmacist, I absolutely despise the unprofessional RPhs and
      PharmDs who treat birth control as if it magically appeared out of
      nowhere, and they suddenly found themselves in a profession that forces
      them to act in contradiction to their conscience. I didn’t join the
      military because I am morally opposed to much of what it entails. If
      one of the most frequently prescribed and dispensed medications causes
      you moral outrage, then you probably shouldn’t go into pharmacy school.

      ONLY hesitance to making Plan B OTC is that it is that, as a high dose
      progestin, it’s not something to be used as a repeated form of birth
      control, and while most people understand this, some patients don’t know
      that repeated use does decrease its efficacy, and that of other forms
      of birth control, too. Personally, I’d like to see monophasic birth
      control be OTC, as well.

      But if patients are going to have to
      deal with jerkoff pharmacists like that, then I’d rather give ready
      access to people who need it and know how to use it, at the minor risk
      of a small minority misusing it without medication consulting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rogier-van-Vugt/100001091041826 Rogier van Vugt

    At this time I’m considering to credit the insect that’s been flying against my window with more intelligence than Obama.
    The fly has been at it for a shorter amount of time at least.

  • Jiggity

    That being said, while this is certainly not the best decision, there was a piece about this on the Rachel Maddow Blog a little while ago (http://on.msnbc.com/100K5DL), which noted that while they are appealing this ruling, they are also somewhat quietly making it available on the shelves instead of needing to go to a pharmacist at all.
    So yes, it does seem to be trying to compromise with people who have no intent on compromising. But at least it looks like they’re working around the Republicans at the same time