Reproductive rights advocates have reason to celebrate. A Brooklyn federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make the “morning after” pill available to women of all ages and without a prescription.
Currently, the government enforces age restrictions on nonprescription sales of emergency contraception pills to girls who are 16 years old or younger. For more than a decade, the Center for Reproductive Rights and other advocacy groups have petitioned the FDA to strike down the restrictions, saying there is no scientific proof that girls younger than 17 couldn’t safely use the drug without supervision. Additionally, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd., the maker of the first nonprescription emergency contraceptive pill available in the U.S., petitioned the government to allow nonprescription sales of its Plan B One-Step without restrictions.