By Jessica Sage, AUL Staff Counsel
When President Obama approved federal funding for embryonic stem cell research he stated, “It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda — and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.” If this is true: When scientific decisions involve public policy, where are the ideological and moral debates supposed to take place? Perhaps the federal district court in NY, where one judge’s ideology and political agenda ignored scientific facts and trumped all policy considerations by directing the elimination of age restrictions on the over-the-counter (OTC) use of Plan B “emergency contraception” and by requiring no physician or parental involvement for minors.
Two weeks ago, in Tummino v. Torti, No. 05-CV-366 (E.D.NY. Mar. 23, 2009), the judge ordered the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider its denial of a citizen petition to approve Plan B for OTC status without age restrictions and further declared that “no useful purpose would be served by continuing to deprive 17 year olds access to Plan B without a prescription.” He further directed compliance of this OTC availability to 17 year olds within 30 days.
Plan B (Abortion Pill)