The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is hoping to prevent over-the-counter distribution of the so-called morning-after pill to minors.
ADF has filed a motion challenging a March federal court order that required the Food and Drug Administration to allow Plan B, which many doctors believe can cause an abortion, to be sold to 17-year-olds without a prescription.
“The life and health of women, especially minors, is more important than the political agenda of pro-abortion activist groups,” ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman said. “Minors are least of all in a position to make an informed decision about the life or death of a child or even about their own safety.”
He added that “it is a lie that over-the-counter sales of this drug increase safety for women, including minors.”
“The order allows minors to bypass being seen by a doctor who can check for sexually transmitted diseases and other potentially serious medical conditions,” Bowman explained. “Our motion argues that the case should be dismissed because, under the law, the plaintiffs have not established sufficient reason that they can even ask for an order like this.”
The motion was filed on behalf of Concerned Women for America, the Christian Medical & Dental associations and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, all of which argue the order disregards parental rights and the safety of minors.