Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after the Department of Justice announced it will appeal Eastern District of New York Judge Edward Korman's ruling to permit children under the age of 17 to purchase emergency contraception without a prescription.
This announcement comes one day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of morning-after pills without a prescription to young women ages 15 and older.
Last Friday, Meadows authored and sent a letter to the President, co-signed by 50 fellow Members of Congress, asking his administration to appeal.
"I thank President Obama and his administration for standing firm by appealing this judicial overreach," Meadows said. "In our letter to the President last week, 50 of my House colleagues and I expressed our support for the Obama Administration's decision that young women ages 16 and under should not be sold Plan B without a prescription. In addition to medical concerns highlighted by Secretary Sebelius, making Plan B available without a prescription also puts more children at risk for sexual abuse. I am grateful that the Administration is taking action and recognizes the consequences that Judge Korman's ruling could impose on young women and their families.
"In the decision that Judge Korman overturned, Secretary Sebelius determined that making the morning-after pill available to children younger than 17 posed too many risks. I encourage President Obama and Secretary Sebelius to reconsider the FDA's new policy and return to the administration's original age-17 limit."