May 10, 2013

In the latest skirmish between the courts and the Obama administration over contraception, a federal judge on Friday refused to suspend his order requiring that the morning-after emergency contraceptive pill be made available to all ages without a prescription.

The Justice Department last week requested suspension of the April 5 order by Judge Edward R. Korman of the Eastern District of New York pending an appeal on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration.

On Friday, Judge Korman refused to suspend his order during the government’s appeal, calling it a “frivolous” attempt to delay the legal proceedings. But he postponed the enforcement until Monday to allow lawyers for the Justice Department to pursue further appeals of that decision.

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