Official: FDA to OK Plan B for 17-year-olds - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/23/09

Official: FDA to OK Plan B for 17-year-olds

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government health official says the Food and Drug Administration will allow 17-year-olds to get the 'morning-after' birth control pill without a doctor's prescription.

The agency announced Wednesday it's complying with a federal judge's order. 

The minimum age to dispense the emergency contraception pill over the counter had been 18; those 17 and under needed a prescription. The FDA says it wont appeal the court order and will approve the change once the manufacturer requests it.

Last month a federal judge ruled that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to allow over-the-counter access only for women 18 and older.

Plan B is emergency contraception that contains a high dose of birth control drugs. Religious conservatives say it's the equivalent of an abortion pill.

Tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 6, local parents react to this controversial decision.

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