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Morning After Pill

It's official now, the morning after pill is FDA approved for over the counter sales. This comes after three years of controversy over whether it should be so easily available to teens.  Plan B  is actually a two pill combination which prevents nine out of ten pregnancies when taken within three days of unprotected sex.

This morning, the FDA announced that Plan B will be available over the counter but only in pharmacies not convenience stores and only to women who are at least eighteen. Girls younger can get it too, but they will need a prescription.

But even though it will soon be available, the controversy continues.

"This is a great development for women's health and for women to help prevent an unintended pregnancy," said Cecille Richards of Planned Parenthood.

"What we see is the abortion activists really really muddying the waters by claiming that it is only a contraceptive device," said Charmaine Yost of the Family Research Council.

Opponents also argue that Plan B may promote promiscuity and that the FDA can't control adults buying it for minors.

The FDA is requiring special packaging to distinguish the prescription version from the over the counter drug.

Barr pharmaceuticals says the drug will be available at pharmacies nationwide by the end of this year.

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