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Judge: Give teens abortion drug without a prescription

Abortion

A federal judge ruled early this morning that the so-called morning-after pill must be made available over the counter to women and girls of all ages, according to a report in The New York Times.

The government had required a prescription for girls 16 and younger. The drug, sold under brand names like Plan B and Ella, prevents implantation of a fertilized egg or causes an early abortion. It is marketed as a method of “emergency” contraception.

In 2011, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ignored recommendations by the Food and Drug Administration to make the drug available to all without a prescription. Her decision surprised many given the Obama administration’s strong support for abortion.

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Although the drug is supposed to be kept behind the pharmacy counter, government regulators have approved dispensing it in a vending machine in at least one location—Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

Leigh Jones
Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Atlanta and is the managing editor of WORLD's website.

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