Your 17-year-old daughter or son will soon be able to buy the morning-after pill over the counter. That’s because a federal judge has given the FDA 30 days to begin allowing minors to buy the emergency birth control drug called Plan B, without a prescription.
The FDA, which had restricted over-the-counter sale of the drug to women 18 and older, must now begin allowing 17-year-olds to buy it. And the judge asked the FDA to reconsider its ban on sales to minors as young as 11.
The judge said under the Bush administration, FDA restrictions on the drug involved “political considerations rather than being grounded in science.
Opponents are concerned that making the drug easily available to younger women could open the door for them to over use it as a primary method of birth control, with potential medical risks.
The judge said there was no evidence that Plan B would be safer for 18-year-olds than 17-year-olds. For younger women, he said it was better for the FDA to make a medical decision than a federal judge. Read the story.
What do you think about the judge’s ruling? Should people under 18 be allowed to buy the morning-after pill over the counter?