NEW YORK, NY – There`s been so much debate over women’s access to birth control; it’s enough to make your head spin.
Probably one of the most controversial rulings to come down so far allowed the emergency contraceptive known as ‘Plan B’ to be sold to minors without a prescription (and without parents` permission, for that matter.)
The ruling must go through the appeals process.
So here`s the latest ruling out of New York, A federal appeals court has ruled that the so-called ‘morning-after pill’ can be sold to minors without a prescription. That means the three-judge panel rejected the government`s attempt to maintain the rule that requires girls under the age of 17 to have a prescription.
However, the ruling only applies to the two-pill versions of emergency contraception.
The court has refused to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step until it decides the merits of the government`s appeal.
Plan B One-Step is the newer version of the same drug, just combined into one pill instead of two.
Confused? We don’t blame you.
Bottom line, the generic two-pill products are going to be readily available to women without age restrictions on any drugstore shelf.
It’ll be just like buying Tylenol.
No prescription, no ID required. Just buy and go.
To be clear, the morning-after pill is not an abortion pill. It contains a higher dose of the female progestin hormone than is in regular birth control pills.
If you’re already pregnant, the pill has no effect. The court has spoken.
You’re move, government.