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Obama DOJ Appeals Judge's Ruling On Morning-After Pill

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Late in 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blocked the Food and Drug Administration's effort to approve over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill without age limits. President Obama supported her decision. Last month, Korman overturned the decision, accusing the administration of acting on the basis of politics and not science. Citing scientific data, he ordered that the pill be available to women and girls of all ages.

The DOJ's decision to appeal Wednesday came one day after the FDA approved over-the-counter sale of the pill to females 15 and older. Women's advocates praised that decision.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) called the FDA's decision "a step in the right direction" and vowed to continue "working to ensure that access is based on science, safety, and efficacy."

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