Judge Refuses To Suspend Morning-After Pill Ruling

NEW YORK (May 10, 2013)—U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in New York has refused to suspend his ruling that gave women of all ages broad access to morning-after birth control.

Korman issued an order Friday in Brooklyn declining a government request to delay implementation of his ruling.

The government had warned that "substantial market confusion" could result if Korman's ruling is enforced while appeals are pending.

The judge ruled that the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill could be sold to everyone without a prescription.

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced the contraception could be sold without a prescription to those 15 and older.

Sales had been limited to those who were at least 17.

The judge delayed enforcement of his order until Monday to give the government time to appeal.

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