Judge Says FDA Must Make Morning-After Pill Available Over the Counter to All

April 7, 2013  |  

It seems the long fight for universal access to the morning-after pill is finally over. The New York Times reported that federal judge Edward R. Korman ordered the FDA to make Plan B One-Step, the most common morning-after, pill available for all women, regardless of age.

As it stands, those 16 years and under require a prescription to get the pill. But Judge Korn called the restrictions were “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.” For the last ten years, women’s health advocates, parents, lawmakers and healthcare providers have fought over who gets access to emergency contraceptives and how. Time and again health professionals have found there are no health reasons to prevent everyone from having access. In fact, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other major health agencies have long been advocating for unrestricted access. After today’s ruling, the FDA has 30 days to life all restrictions on Plan B and all its generic versions.

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