In overturning an Obama administration policy on emergency contraception, Judge Edward Korman also wrote a scathing critique of what he described as politics triumphing over policy — one that echoed a 2009 decision he wrote on the same issue that criticized the Bush administration.

"In my 2009 opinion, I traced the evidence demonstrating that the conduct of the FDA was influenced by the Bush White House," Korman wrote. "In the present circumstances, the political interference came directly from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, a member of the President’s Cabinet."