Open Thread — Judge orders Plan-B available to girls of any age


(Fox News) — A federal judge ruled Friday that the morning-after pill known as Plan B must be made available over the counter for women of all ages.

The decision on the controversial subject comes after lengthy legal battles over who should have access to the pill and at what age. The Justice Department did not say definitively whether it would appeal, but released a statement saying: “The Department of Justice is reviewing the appellate options and expects to act promptly.”

The Food and Drug Administration had initially decided to allow the emergency pill to be available for young teens. But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA in late 2011, and the agency limited availability without a prescription to women 17 and older.

The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to make the pill, commonly referred to as the abortion pill, available for all ages. The decision means that unless the FDA appeals and is granted a stay, by this time next month a teenager 16 or under could walk into a local pharmacy and buy the pill off the shelf.


  1. loopyloo305 says:

    They can’t take something for a headache at school, but taking something that kills a baby is okay. We are living in a very sick world!!!!

  2. It can take up to three days for conception to occur, so some of these pills work like a fast acting birth-control pill that prevents conception from ever taking place. In that case, I support them just as I support birth-control and condoms. Others, though, are abortifacients which stop implantation. This is truly no different than abortion.

    It’s not as cut and dry as I would like. It really depends on the type of pill.

  3. The world isn’t “sick” – that is something from a disease or illness. The better term would be “evil” or even “wicked.”

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