The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today granted the Obama administration a stay on access to one-pill forms of emergency contraception. But the court also ruled that two-pill variants should be available over the counter immediately and without harsh age restrictions. So Judge Korman’s important ruling that EC should be available over the counter should at least partially go into effect. This is another blow to the Obama administration’s attack on young people’s reproductive rights, and another victory for access to EC.
I happen to believe that when a presidential administration consistently acts to block access to reproductive health care, that means they’re demonstrably anti-feminist. I don’t care how well you talk the talk or how many feminist parties you show up to, actions are most important. The Obama administration has acted to block reproductive health care access in such an obviously political manner, a federal judge wrote that, “The FDA bowed to political pressure emanating from the White House and departed from agency policy,” and that, “Even with eyes shut to the motivation for [HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius'] decision, the reasons she provided are so unpersuasive as to call into question her good faith.” Luckily, we’re winning access to EC despite the Obama administration’s best efforts.