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Friday, April 5, 2013

Judge Orders ‘Plan B’ Emergency Contraception Sold Over Counter For All

This undated image made available by Teva Women's Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the "morning after pill." (AP/Teva Women's Health)

This undated image made available by Teva Women’s Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the “morning after pill.” (AP/Teva Women’s Health)

New York district court judge Edward Korman has ruled that Plan B One-step, commonly called the morning-after pill, be made available over the pharmacy counter to anyone who wants it.

Currently Plan B is available behind the counter to anyone over 17 and to those younger than that only by prescription. Abortion rights advocates had challenged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for making a controversial decision two years ago to continue prescription-only access for those under 16, overruling a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration.

Guest:

  • Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for The Washington Post

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  • cynical

     hope they have studied it well and these people including under age children are not part of  a study to see the side effects aka guinea pigs.

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