Federal Judge Denies Government's Request to Delay Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception


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Calling the Obama Administration’s appeal of a federal court order to make emergency contraception over-the-counter for all women “frivolous” and “taken for the purpose of delay,” U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman has denied the government’s request to stay his order pending an appeal to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
This ruling is in response to the Obama Administration’s request to stay Judge Korman’s April 5, 2013 order for the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration to make levonorgestrel-based emergency contraception available without a prescription and without point-of-sale or age restrictions within 30 days. Under this ruling, the government will have until noon Monday, May 13, 2013 to file a stay motion with the 2nd Circuit to delay compliance pending their appeal.