Rochester, N.Y. - A New York federal judge has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must make emergency contraceptives available to women of all ages within 30 days. Now local reproductive health organizations are coming out in opposition to one another following the decision.
Jim Harden is the President and C.E.O of Compass Care and he says that emergency contraceptives can cause cancer. “I would say based on the medical literature there in no appropriate age to take Plan B. These are the female version of synthetic, [cancer causing] steroids that men go to jail for taking.”
Harden said that the decision also undermines the relationship between doctor and patient. “This is not a political issue this is a medical issue. When judges and politicians get involved in legislating medicine the doctor patient relationship, the good of the patient and medicine get thrown out the window.”
Betty De Fazio is the Regional Director of Community Affairs for Planned Parenthood and she said that the FDA in 2011 made the recommendation that the age restriction should be dropped. “Scientific research shows that it is a safe medication and teens as well as adults are likely to use it safely. Teens understand that emergency contraception is not intended for regular use.”
Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn made the ruling opening up the morning after pill on Friday. In it he criticized the FDA for failing to engage in rulemaking. He also says the emergency contraceptives would be among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter.
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