Tampons, Mascara -- and the Morning-After Pill?

Should the FDA allow the sale of Plan B without a prescription?

Plan B One-Step, the morning-after contraceptive pill, is headed for a drugstore near you -- and it won't be behind the pharmacy counter. The Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with a judge's order to OK the drug for nonprescription use, which means the contraceptive pill will be sold over the counter, like aspirin or cough drops.

The Obama administration tried to block the maker of Plan B One-Step, Teva Pharmaceuticals, from making the drug without restrictions. But in a letter to the FDA, the Justice Department conceded to the court rulings and asked the pharmaceutical company to file the application requesting no age or sales restrictions for the drug, noting that the "FDA will approve it without delay."

This is major news in the fight to make emergency contraceptives available, and it isn't a black-and-white matter of pro-choice versus pro-life. Is it crazy that a 12-year-old girl will be able to buy the morning-after pill as easily as a pack of gum? Or is this a landmark decision protecting our reproductive rights? Let us know what you think -- post your thoughts about Plan B availability without a prescription in comments below.

Source: New York Times


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