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Judge Orders FDA To Make Morning-After Pill Available to All


DOVER, Del. - The so-called morning-after pill will soon be available to teens under the age of 17 without a prescription.

The pill, popularly known as "Plan B," typically works up to 72 hours after intercourse.

A federal judge in New York has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the changes within 30 days.

People like Shauntae Coleman of Dover say that shouldn't happen.

"If you have to have a parent to go into the doctors office up until you're 16, then you should have a parent going with you to get a morning-after pill," said Coleman.

Currently, the morning-after pill is available without a prescription to those 17 and older.

Those teens must prove their age.

Younger teens have to get a prescription.

For teens like 15-year old Avis Falden and 13-year old Eyevett Lovett, church is their outlet.

Bible Church of God in Dover opened its doors this week to welcome area teens.

Falden disagrees with the new law.

"No one should get a Plan B without their parents consent because its giving them the opportunity to have sexual intercourse which is not right," said Falden.

Lovett says there could be consequences to having sex.

"You're not going to graduate or get your degree, or you may not live your dream, like what you want to do later in life," said Lovett.

Others in the community like Sophia Cry say it could help reduce unintentional pregnancies.

"I think it will be good because people would be able to have access to birth control that they wouldn't have before," said Cry.

Still some folks have lots of questions about a pill they say needs more study.

"What if you body rejects the pill? What if you're allergic to the pill?, asked Coleman.

President Obama's head of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius disagrees with today's ruling.

She says girls as young as 11 should not be able to buy the pill on their own, but in his ruling judge Edward Korman said the number of girls using such drugs is likely to be minuscule.

He continued to say there are numerous over the counter drugs that are dangerous for children, yet they continue to be sold.

The morning-after pill would be among the safest.

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