By: Emily O’Connor

On Monday, the Obama administration announced that the Department of Justice will drop their appeal of U.S. District Judge Korman’s ruling that allows unrestricted access to Plan-B One Step, the “morning-after” pill. This will allow anyone of any age to buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription. This decision raises many concerns:

The administration allowed pressure from groups such as Planned Parenthood, as well as the potential of continued appeals going to the Supreme Court, to cause them to back down from their initial appeal. This is potentially dangerous precedent of allowing politics, rather than the FDA, to decide what drugs are safe. In addition, this decision allows politics, rather than parents, to decide what is best for their children.