A federal judge ruled to make the morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages.
New York Judge Edward R. Korman made the decision Friday. He ordered that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration make the morning-after pill available to people of any age without a prescription. Judge Korman gave the FDA 30 days to lift any age and sale restrictions on the pill.
Before the ruling, the pill also known as Plan B was available to women over the counter. However, for girls under the age of 17, they could only get it with a prescription.
Local Obstetrician Dr. Brian Eades said that the morning-after pill wouldn't have any different effect on younger girls than it would an adult woman. However, the fact that younger people are in need of the pill opens the door to other problems.
"Whenever they're exposed to pregnancy, they're exposed to STDs," said Dr. Eades. "If you find you're in a position where you want to go get Plan B, there's obviously a lot of other things you need to talk about."
Eades suggests that people in need of the morning-after pill seek counseling from a doctor, pharmacists or even a parent to find out more information on the pill before using it.
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