Emergency Contraceptive Pill Restrictions Lifted

POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:11am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm

The FDA will allow 17 year old girls to buy the "morning after" pill without a prescription, reversing its previous decision that required the pill only be sold to adults.

Last month a U.S. District Judge in New York ruled that FDA officials let politics, not science, drive their decision to approve Plan B without a prescription for women 18 and over.

Plan B has been a topic of debate for several years. Those opposed to the drug say it will promote promiscuity among teenagers and that it's a form of abortion.

Supporters argue the pill is safe and effective, and could actually reduce the number of abortions.

If taken within 72 hours plan b lowers a woman's chance of pregnancy by 89 percent, but it will not work if the woman is already pregnant.

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