Federal Judge Publicly Rebukes U.S. Department of Justice at Court Hearing


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U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman publicly rebuked the arguments from attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice at a federal court hearing, likening the age restrictions and I.D. requirements for emergency contraception to voter suppression and citing the disproportionately negative impact of these arbitrary restrictions on young women, poor communities, and women of color.

The hearing was held in response to the Obama Administration’s request to stay Judge Korman’s April 5 order for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make levonorgestrel-based emergency contraception available without a prescription and without point-of-sale or age restrictions within 30 days. The request to stay was formally denied on May 10, 2013, and the appeal to the Second Circuit of the April 5 order was officially dismissed on July 23, 2013 after Judge Korman approved the FDA’s proposal to allow Plan B One-Step to be sold over-the-counter.