Federal judge orders morning-after pill to be made available for all ages without a prescription

A U.S. federal judge ordered that the morning after pill be made available for all ages without a prescription Friday.

Judge Edward R. Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled that Plan B and Plan B One-Step, the most common emergency contraceptives, should be made available to girls and women of any age.

Korman wrote in the ruling that the pills “would be among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter."

The ruling ordered the FDA to remove the restrictions within 30 days.

The judge wrote that “the invocation of the adverse effect of Plan B on 11-year-olds is an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their right to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions.”

Previously, the Food and Drug Administration required a prescription for the pill for girls under the age of 17.

The FDA has repeatedly refused citizen’s petitions filed by women’s health and reproductive rights organizations in 2001 for unrestricted over-the-counter access to the pill for women and girls of all ages.

“The FDA has engaged in intolerable delays in processing the petition,” Korman wrote in the ruling.

In 2006, the FDA allowed women 18 years of age and older to get the pill without a prescription, then extended access to 17-year-olds as well. Girls 16 years old and younger had to have a prescription to get the pill.

View the full decision here: http://ch7ne.ws/17h8rL1