Judge Approves "Morning-After Pill" For Girls Of All Ages
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on April 05, 2013 @ 6:42PM
Created on April 05, 2013 @ 5:44PM
Tylenol, cough medicine, and Aleve. If you're a girl younger than 17-year-old that's just a small list of things you don't need a prescription to purchase. Thanks to a ruling by a federal judge in New York you can add the "morning-after" pill to that list.
Friday's morning ruling overturns a decision in 2011 that barred over the counter sales of the controversial pill to girls under the age of 17.
Officials with Planned Parenthood called the ruling "historic and long-overdue".
However, others have blasted the judge's decision citing some evidence that the pill is harmful for young girls.
Others have also suggested making the pill more available to teenagers will encourage them to engage in risky behaviors.
Sam Wilmuth, a Morgantown resident, told 5 News kids are going to have sex no matter what the government rules. He said parents should be talking to their kids about the risks associated with sex.
"My hope is that if that I had a teenager is that I would have created an atmosphere that was open enough that we could be talking about things like contraception," Wilmuth said.
Friday's ruling takes effect in thirty days.
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