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.