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NY Judge Makes Morning-After Pill Available to All

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A New York federal judge has ruled that the government must make the so-called morning after pill available over-the-counter for girls of all ages.

Currently- only women 17 years and older can buy the pill without a prescription.

The emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy if taken three days after sex.

The decision comes after reproductive rights groups filed suit to remove the age restrictions.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn called the Food and Drug Administration's decision to refuse the drop the restrictions quote, "arbitrary and unreasonable."

He goes on to say numerous over-the-counter drugs are dangerous for children but are still sold.. and that the morning after pill would be among the safest.

Planned Parenthood is celebrating the ruling.

"This is an alignment of good policy, good science, and just good sense," says Laura Meyers.

But the conservative group Family Research Council says the decision will put girls at risk.

"We have concerns about parental involvement, parental consent in addressing these types of medications with their children," says Anna Higgins.

The FDA had wanted the contraception available to all ages but in 2011 the Obama administration overruled the recommendation concerned adolescent girls would not know how to use the pill properly.

Today the Food and Drug Administration would only say "This is an ongoing legal matter for the agency, so we won't have any additional comment at this time."

The judge gave the FDA 30 days to make the change.

Currently, women who buy the pill must present identification to a pharmacist.

The Justice Department has not said whether it plans to appeal.

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