Plan B Now Available For All

The morning-after contraceptive pill, Plan B is now available for all after a Brooklyn federal judge removes age restrictions.

Guess what Bloomberg? Teen pregnancy might just be on the decline after all.

A Brooklyn federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration to widen the age requirement for obtaining the morning-after pill, concluding that the all ages should be allowed to purchase the over the counter drug, rather than the previous requirement of age 17 and older.

The 2011 decision by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius blocked the request to allow all teenage girls to buy the emergency contraceptive, Plan B over the counter. The Friday ruling by Judge Edward Korman came after referring to the previous Obama backed restrictions as “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”

Sebelius motives in implementing age guidelines was a way to protect children as young as 10 and 11-years-old who may not understand the protocols of the pill.  “She could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going into a drugstore should be able … to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect,”said Obama two years ago. Today, Obama sung a different tune saying the new ruling is a “common sense approach to this issue.”

However, not everyone is on board.

“As a parent, I am angry,” said Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union and mother of a 14-year-old daughter. “It’s a complete circumvention of parents’ rights and responsibilities to do what is in the best interest of our children.” Sean Fieler, Chairman of the archdiocese’s Pro-Life Commission, said the age lift was “very sad and simply wrong.”

Plan B, an emergency contraceptive contains the synthetic hormone levonorgestrel, found in many birth controls, must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Last September, 13 city high schools were handing out the contraceptive to thousands of students.

This is just several actions the Bloomberg administration has implemented in curbing teen pregnancy. Controversial teen pregnancy ads depicting the cold hard facts of a teenage parent are plastered throughout public transportation and a newly released app from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers sex and health education.

The Department of Justice looks to appeal the decision. If the appeal is overruled, Americans can expect to see the pill on shelves within 30 days.

Update: Plan B is for those 15-years-old and up.

Pic: Google Images


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