Obama administration forced to do the right thing with Plan B.

Back in May, the Obama DoJ decided to fight the FDA (who would technically be their client) and a judge who ruled that plan B emergency contraceptive should be available with no age limits.  The Obama DoJ appealed, but has now elected to drop the appeal.

The decision comes after a federal judge in April ordered the FDA to lift restrictions on the morning-after pill. The administration responded to the ruling by lowering the age restriction from 17 to 15, sparking the ire of health groups and district Judge Edward Korman, who, in a series of contemptuous opinions, called the administration’s defiance an insult to the intelligence of women” and “a charade” meant to stall his original order. Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the administration to make two-pill versions of emergency contraception immediately available over the counter to women of all ages.

So after realizing the fight was likely fruitless, Obama and his administration will stop their quest for political appeasement.  That’s what this was, after all: an attempt to throw conservatives at least a tiny bone.  What else could it be?  As the FDA pointed out, there was no science to support the Obama DoJ’s side.  At times the DoJ even said they were operating on behalf of the FDA…which agreed with the judge.

And now that they’ve been forced by the courts to do the right thing for women of all ages, you can bet that when election season rolls around they’ll be talking about the Democratic party’s great success in making plan B available to women of all ages.  Sadly, assuming the citizenry is completely uninformed at best and can’t-find-their-ass stupid at worst has proven to be a reliable political strategy.

Obama is not my best friend at the moment between this and his support of spying on American citizens.  Next election vote for the real lesser of all evils: vote Lucifer.

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.

  • Zinc Avenger

    2016: Choose between a party that advocates mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds for men, and the batshit crazy party.

  • The_Schwa

    Why does he bother? Does he think this will win over the crazies?
    “I HATE HUSSEIN OBAMA! HE IS MUSLIM!…Wait. What? He stopped Plan B?…I LOVE OBAMA!!! He is a good Christian and was definitely born in the USA.”

  • invivoMark

    I could never figure this one out. Obviously the scientific merits of Obama’s case were nil, but what on Earth were the political merits supposed to be? From an anti-choice perspective, it’s an extremely tiny concession. From a rational person’s perspective, it’s blatantly anti-science, anti-FDA, anti-choice, and counter to the hopes of everyone who voted for him. And it’s also unprecedented for the federal government to attempt to directly overrule an FDA decision like that, so it would piss off libertarians and anyone afraid of more consolidation of federal power.

  • Nate Frein

    Why go for the lesser of two evils?

    Cthulu 2016!

    • Zinc Avenger

      Do your civic duty! Cthulhu eats those with “I VOTED” stickers first!

  • stop2wonder

    I would need to see Lucifer’s and Cthulu’s birth certificates first!!

    • Little Magpie

      okay fellow commenters, does stop2wonder win an internet for this? I think so.

      • stop2wonder

        Thank you. I always wanted my own internet.