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Judge orders morning-after pill available without prescription

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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(CNN) -- A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter to people of any age without a prescription, overturning a decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to require a prescription for girls under 17 years old.

The FDA said it couldn't comment because it is an ongoing legal mater.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended last year that oral contraceptives be sold over the counter without a prescription in an effort to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in the United States. Opponents of prescription requirements say prescriptions can delay access to the drug.

Emergency contraceptives prevent a pregnancy by preventing a fertilized egg from embedding in the uterus. They are intended for use within 72 hours after sex but are most effective if taken within 24 hours.

Many developed countries require a prescription for oral contraceptives, including Canada and most of Europe, but many other countries sell the pill without a prescription even formally or informally.

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jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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I would prefer younger gilrs have a prescription, but I'm for anything that helps reduce the abortion and/or teen pregnancy rate. 

jllcali
by Jane on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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I don't really like the idea of girls under 17 being able to get it without a prescription. But, if a 16 is raped by a family member or someone she knows, and is too afraid to report it, but can get emergency contraception without intimidation, judgement or harassment, then that's a good thing.
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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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That's good for them. Though I think this is needed more in the states that are trying to shut down clinics that do abortions, and making it illegal sooner and sooner.

Though I imagine most people against abortion are also against this pill.

Otherwise we are going to end up with a lot of unplanned babies soon. Especially since the people who push abortion, and are against the pill tend to also be against teaching sex ed (Condoms, contraception, etc).


Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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That's great.

frogbender
by Captain Underpants on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Wait. Won't this help reduce the number of abortions among teens and young women in their 20s? I'm confused. This is supposed to be a bad thing?

lga1965
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM
This is a GOOD thing ! I am encouraged, hopeful that teens won't be having babies.
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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM
That's a very good point. My first thought was I wouldn't such young girls to have access without parental knowledge...I hadn't thought of this scenario.

Quoting jllcali:

I don't really like the idea of girls under 17 being able to get it without a prescription. But, if a 16 is raped by a family member or someone she knows, and is too afraid to report it, but can get emergency contraception without intimidation, judgement or harassment, then that's a good thing.
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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM



Quoting frogbender:

Wait. Won't this help reduce the number of abortions among teens and young women in their 20s? I'm confused. This is supposed to be a bad thing?

You would be surprised.

There was a school with extremely high pregnancy rates that pushed for giving out condoms and advice on how to get contraception to teens that ask for it.

People fought against this and then obviously after it was put in place the teen pregnancy rate dropped dramatically.

Some people seem to be against abortions, and unplanned pregnancies but are also against things that prevent those situations. Ah well.

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frogbender
by Captain Underpants on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM



Quoting brookiecookie87:



Quoting frogbender:

Wait. Won't this help reduce the number of abortions among teens and young women in their 20s? I'm confused. This is supposed to be a bad thing?

You would be surprised.

There was a school with extremely high pregnancy rates that pushed for giving out condoms and advice on how to get contraception to teens that ask for it.

People fought against this and then obviously after it was put in place the teen pregnancy rate dropped dramatically.

Some people seem to be against abortions, and unplanned pregnancies but are also against things that prevent those situations. Ah well.

Sorry, I forgot my facetious font. =)


Woodbabe
by Woodie on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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This is a GREAT thing!

Many people confuse it with the abortion drug. It actually prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation of an egg as well as thickening the mucus around the cervix to prevent sperm from entering. In the rare event an egg gets fertilized the egg is unable to implant in the uterus. It doesn't abort  a pregnancy at all. The quicker you take it after unprotected sex, the better it works. Not having a prescription means a better chance an underaged girl can gain access to it easier. Its cost means it won't be used as a primary source of birth control.

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