Government lawyers are running out of time to file an appeal that could delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to all women and girls without a prescription.
Brooklyn federal Judge Edward Korman says politics is behind efforts by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to block the unrestricted sale of the Plan B pill.
Justice Department lawyers asked for a stay of the month-old decision while they appeal.
Korman denied the request but postponed the enforcement of his order until Monday to allow them to take the matter to a federal appeals court. Earlier this month, the FDA announced the contraception could be sold without a prescription to those 15 and older.