"Morning-After" pill to be made available on store shelves for ages 15 and older

What's known as the morning-after pill will now be placed on drugstore shelves and sold to teens as young as 15.

The new ruling was made by the FDA Tuesday and is already causing quite a bit of controversy.
The FDA lowered the age limit from 17 to 15 to buy the pill.

Before it was required that the "Plan B One-Step" be sold behind pharmacy counters and anyone 17 and under would need a prescription.

However now it will be on drugstore shelves and sold to anyone 15 and older.

Proponents, like the drug's maker and Planned Parenthood, claim it will help prevent unintended pregnancies and provide access at a critical time.

Leslie Kantor from Planned Parenthood says, “Removing all unnecessary barriers to emergency contraception will help to reduce unintended pregnancy in this country and is very important to women's health.”

Opponents say the pill is misleading, especially for women at such a young age.

“Whether you believe abortion is ok or not is irrelevant,” says Thomas Gill from the St. Joseph County Right to Life. “You should still be aware that there is a human life involved and the contraceptive pills, in particular the morning-after pill, has the potential to destroy that life.”

Plan B will now be packaged with a code so when the cashier rings it up ID will be required to verify a customer's age.


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