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As a general matter, Mr. Obama said he is “very supportive of contraception because I think it’s very important that women have control over their health-care choices and when they are starting a family.”

“That’s their decision to make, and so we want to make sure that they have access to contraception,” he said. “As you know, we had a little bit of a fuss around what we’re doing with the Affordable Care Act, but I very much think that that’s the right thing to do.”

In a letter to Judge Korman, U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch said the Teva approval was not linked to pending federal case, but noted that all of the plaintiffs in the pending civil case were at least 15, so none of them would be injured by the decision to cut off access at that age.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said the government is using questionable tactics in their request for a stay of the order while they pursue their appeal.

Andrea Costello of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, wrote in a letter to Judge Korman that the administration has been “well aware” of the looming deadline to comply with the court’s order, but instead used the last month to finalize its approval of the drug maker’s request to decrease the age of access.