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Federal Judge Orders 'Morning-After' Pill to Be Sold to 11-Year-Old Girls Over the Counter

10:38 AM, Apr 5, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The New York Daily News reports

A Brooklyn federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill available to females of all ages without a prescription.

Judge Edward Korman on Friday reversed the FDA's 2011 decision limiting the over-the-counter availability of the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B to women 17 and older....

Korman blasted U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for overruling the FDA, which had approved Plan B for all ages without a prescription. Sebelius had argued that 11-year-old girls might not be able to understand how to use the drug properly....

"These emergency contraceptives would be among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter. The number of 11-year-olds using these (morning-after) drugs is likely to be minuscule," Korman wrote in Friday’s decision.


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