New York judge rules "morning-after" pill available over-the-counter for all ages

CREATED Apr 5, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 5, 2013

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BROOKLYN - The morning after pill may soon be available to girls of all ages, if a New York judge's ruling is upheld.

A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered the food and drug administration to make the "morning-after" pill, also called Plan B, available over-the-counter without age restrictions.

Right now teens sixteen and under need a prescription for the drug.

The emergency contraception pill has been shown to prevent pregnancy if taken within three days of unprotected sex.

In 2011, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary for Health and Human Services, overruled an FDA recommendation to make the pill available to everyone. That order set the age requirement for over-the-counter access to seventeen.