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Federal Judge Orders Broader Access to Morning-After Pill

Monday, April 8, 2013

(NY Times) -- On April 5, 2013, Judge Edward R. Korman ordered the morning-after pill to be made available over the counter for women of all ages.  Girls 16 years old and younger currently need a prescription to obtain the emergency contraception.  Judge Korman is giving the Food and Drug Administration 30 days to remove age and sale restrictions.  The order arrives following a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius to continue requiring morning-after pill prescriptions for girls under 17 years old.

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