Reproductive-rights groups immediately hailed the decision as long overdue.
“Judge Korman’s ruling is an affirmation that policy can and should be driven by facts and by public health,” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement. “For years, women have had to jump through hoops because officials in Washington played politics with our health.”
“This ruling is good policy, good science, and good sense,” added Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Conservative groups were critical of the opinion and urged an appeal.
“Even [Health and Human Services] Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saw the dangers of this logic. Since when have we placed politics over the health and well-being of our kids,” asked Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America.
“This harmful ruling should be appealed, and we are confident it will be overturned,” she said.