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Plan B Not for OTC Sales

 

The morning-after pill won’t be available on drugstore shelves after all.

Today, while the Food and Drug Administration was preparing to lift a controversial age limit on the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B One-Step, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the decision. She said that young girls shouldn't be able to buy it.

Lifting the age limit would have made Plan B the nation's first over-the-counter emergency contraceptive, available for purchase to anyone without a prescription.

Sebelius stated that while some girls as young as 11 are physically capable of conceiving, Plan B's maker didn't prove that they could properly understand how to use the product on their own, according to the Associated Press.

Plan B will remain available without a prescription only for those 17 and older who show proper ID at the pharmacy counter. Those 16 and younger will have to first obtain a prescription

Some women's health advocates say easier, quicker access to emergency contraception such as Plan B could reduce the United State’s high number of unintended pregnancies. About half of all pregnancies in the US each year (that’s more than three million) are unintended. By age 45, more than half of all American women will have had an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 American women will have had an abortion, according to Guttmacher Institute.

What do you think? Should Plan B be available on drugstore shelves?

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