You’ve been warned:
The federal government plans to announce today that it would allow the sale of the morning-after pill Plan B without a prescription to women as young as 17, making the controversial contraceptive available to minors for the first time without a doctor’s order, a federal official said.
The Food and Drug Administration agency is taking the action to comply with a judge’s ruling last month that the agency’s 2006 decision to limit availability of the contraceptive method to women 18 and older was invalid and politically motivated, the official said.
The FDA plans to notify the company that makes Plan B that it would approve sale of the pill to 17-year-olds at the company’s request.
The Supreme Court yesterday sharply limited the power of police to search a suspect’s car after making an arrest, acknowledging that the decision changes a rule that law enforcement has relied on for nearly 30 years.
In a decision written by Justice John Paul Stevens, an unusual five-member majority said police may search a vehicle without a warrant only when the suspect could reach for a weapon or try to destroy evidence, or when it is “reasonable to believe” there is evidence in the car supporting the crime at hand.
The justices noted that law enforcement for years has interpreted the court’s rulings on warrantless car searches to mean that officers may search the passenger compartment of a vehicle as part of a lawful arrest of a suspect. But Stevens said that was a misreading of the court’s decision in New York v. Belton in 1981.
It kind of makes you wonder how the same court that issued this ruling seems to have no problem with school administrators fondling children at their whim.