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Statement on Judge Edward Korman‘s Decision To Make Plan B Available To Children

Statement on Judge Edward Korman‘s Decision To Make Plan B Available To Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2013

Statement on U.S. District Judge Edward Korman‘s Decision To Make The Morning After Plan B-Emergency Contraception

Available Over The Counter To All Girls Of Reproductive Age

As parents, we are alarmed and appalled at the decision of U.S. District Judge Edward Korman to overrule the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) decision to limit the availability of the Morning After Plan B-Emergency Contraception (Plan B).   The FDA had determined that Plan B should not be made available to girls under the age of 17 without a doctor’s prescription.

Judge Korman’s decision dismisses important issues, particularly the safety of the child, that illustrate the value of parental knowledge and input regarding a child’s use of Plan B.  The issue here is not the education of a child about contraception, but the actual use of contraception in “emergency” circumstances.  According to “Korman’s Law,” every girl who menstruates is entitled to use of Plan B without parental knowledge or a doctor’s care.  Korman’s Law is irresponsible, possibly deadly and certainly ignores and undermines the authority and obligations of parents.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, there are many girls who menstruate at early ages — some as early as eight or nine years-old.  Korman’s Law allows children acting under stress to purchase a hormonal drug cocktail — medicine with associated risks — without parent knowledge or professional medical input.  Furthermore, Korman’s Law essentially allows a child to voluntarily or involuntarily shield the individual responsible for her pregnancy or potential pregnancy, which means that individuals guilty of statutory rape may not be held accountable for their actions.

This decision needs to be appealed immediately.  Reproductive rights advocates who have lobbied for this decision have, unfortunately, deluded themselves into thinking that children will benefit.  They are wrong.  Korman’s Law puts children at risk and dismisses parental rights while providing an economic benefit to pharmaceutical companies.

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Contact:
Mona Davids, mdavids@nycparentsunion.org, 646.481.5760
Laura Timoney, ltimoney@nycparentsunion.org, 917.667.2711

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