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Catholic Leader Welcomes Ruling on Access to Emergency Contraception

April 8, 2013 • Family Planning, United States, News

Catholic Leader Welcomes Ruling on Access to Emergency Contraception


“Today is an important day in the ongoing battle to ensure that all women have access to the reproductive health services they need,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “The ruling The ruling by Federal District Judge Edward Korman that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must remove the age restriction on emergency contraception (EC) will enable more women to access EC in a timely manner. This is a very positive step and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), should move quickly to make this a reality.

“Judge Korman’s decision stated that the HHS’s original ruling, which prevented women under the age of 16 from accessing EC over the counter-a ruling that was fully supported by President Obama-was ‘arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.’ We agree. EC is safe and it is an effective method of birth control that can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.

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