By Justin Sink - 05/03/13 11:32 AM EDT
"I think it's very important that women have control over their healthcare choices and when they are starting a family," Obama said.
The president also defended the Justice Department's decision, announced late Wednesday, to appeal a federal court ruling that made the pill available to girls of all ages without a prescription. Obama maintained that both the appeal and the FDA rule were decisions made without the involvement of the White House. The president also left open the possibility that the FDA could revisit the Plan B rule and create over-the-counter access for girls under 15.
"My suspicion is that the FDA may now be called upon to make further decisions about whether there’s sufficient scientific evidence for girls younger than 15," Obama said. "That’s the FDA’s decision to make. That’s Secretary Sebelius’s decision to review."
The Justice Department's move angered some women's rights activists, who say the drug should be available over the counter to women of all ages. But the president said the Justice Department's appeal was solely related to legal issues.
"Part of it has to do with the precedent and the way the judge handled that case," Obama said.
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