Angering reproductive-rights advocates, the Obama administration took steps yesterday to block over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill for girls under 15. The decision reopens a rift between the administration and the pro-choice community that dates back to December 2011, when Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overrode an FDA move to lift all age restrictions. Last month, Judge Edward R. Korman ruled that Sebelius had been inappropriately political in overruling the FDA and ordered the administration to allow the contraceptive to be sold to girls of all ages without a prescription. Now Obama’s justice department is challenging Korman’s ruling, arguing that he exceeded his authority. “For Mr. Obama’s administration, the decision to appeal the judge’s ruling provides an opportunity to reaffirm a moderate position in the broader abortion debate that had drawn praise from conservative groups that are normally highly critical of the president,” reported The New York Times.
To lower age restriction, he would have to reverse a previous decision.