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Article published April 27, 2013
Plan B ruling lauded
Amesh A. Adalja, M.D. Penn Township
I applaud the decision of federal Judge Edward Korman, a Ronald Reagan appointee, to reverse the federal government’s prohibition on allowing those less than 17 years old to obtain Plan B (“morning-after pill”) without a prescription. As Korman appropriately noted, political pandering to the Religious Right — with no concern for liberty — prompted the decision he courageously overturned. A similar political pander also underlies the decision by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s approval of a law restricting abortion rights, banning abortion providers from teaching sex education in public schools, and nearly conferring personhood on a fetus. Such laws not only restrict a woman’s right to life, they substitute government coercion, in the service of religion, for the reasoned judgment of a health care provider.