The Morning-After Pill Just Got Easier
After over a decade of fighting to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter, the NY Times is reporting that womens reproductive rights groups will finally get their wish because the Obama Administration has decided to stop trying to block it. Plan B, and its generic counter parts, aim to prevent contraception if taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
The FDA will soon make the drug available "without age or point-of-sale restrictions." This means women, whether 14 or 40, will be able to grab Plan B One-Step off the shelves of their local drug store (like aspirin or cough medicine) after a precarious night. The Obama Administration, and many other Americans fear that the availability of the drug to younger women was not a good decision, though research shows that the pill is safe for teens and adults alike, provided that they use it correctly. While single pill contraceptives, like Plan-B will be available to all women without a prescription, two pill versions will remain restricted, due to a fear that underage girls might lack the understanding to take the two doses properly.
Do you agree that the morning after pill should be available over-the-counter?
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