The Obama administration further sealed the deal that girls 17 and older will be able to purchase the "morning-after pill" without a prescription.
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would accept a federal judge's ruling that lifts the Bush administration's restrictions that limited sales of the pill to women 18 and older. The judge also told the agency to evaluate whether all age restrictions should be lifted.
"The morning after pill," or Plan B, reduces the chance of pregnancy by preventing fertilization or implantation of a fertilized egg.
Progressive activists hailed it as a victory for women's rights while conservative groups argued that it removes the parents' rights or doctors' oversight. "Parents should be furious at the FDA's complete disregard of parental rights and the safety of minors," said Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America.
Meanwhile, in Britain, groups are fighting over the country's first television ad for Britain's version of the morning-after pill, which is available to girls ages 16 and up. The commercial was set to begin to air last night. Viewers will see a woman waking up next to her partner and later asking for Levonelle One Step at a pharmacy, according to the The Belfast Telegraph.1
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