The morning after pill may soon be available to girls of all ages if a New York judge's ruling is upheld.
A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning after pill, also called Plan B, available over the counter without age restrictions.
Right now teens 16 and under need a prescription for the drug. The emergency contraception pill has been shown to prevent pregnancy if taken within three days of unprotected sex.
In 2011, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary for Health and Human Services, overruled an FDA recommendation to make the pill available to everyone. That order set the age requirement for over-the-counter access to 17. The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by reproductive-rights organizations.
The FDA is not commenting on the new ruling, stating it is an ongoing legal matter. According to the judge, the agency has 30 days to comply.
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