Is this okay?
A Federal judge has ruled the Food and Drug Administration let politics cloud its judgment when it denied teenage girls over-the-counter access to the Plan B morning-after pill. He then ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds obtain the medication.
In a thorough denunciation of the Bush administration, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman blasted the FDA's handling of the issue, saying it had "repeatedly and unreasonably" delayed issuing a decision on the medication.
Plan B is a contraceptive that reduces the chance of pregnancy if taken within three days after sex. The drug works by preventing ovulation or by interfering with implantation of a fertilized egg -- opponents argue that is the equivalent of abortion.
In 2006, the FDA allowed Plan B to be sold without a prescription to adults, but only by pharmacies that checked photo ID before selling the pills. Girls 17 and younger were required to obtain a prescription.
The morning-after pill has been a source of tension for social conservatives who held great sway in the Bush administration and who believe the pill is tantamount to abortion.
Pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson says, "I applaud the decision to sell Plan B over the counter to women under 18, as has long been recommended by the Association for Reproductive Health panel. But no matter what a person's age is, they should be counseled by a medical professional such as a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor about the risks, benefits, and side effects before taking Plan B. Choosing to take a drug is serious, and should never be taken lightly."
Do you think 17-year-olds should be able to buy Plan B?
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