Judge orders morning-after pill available without prescription

Posted at 11:48 AM, Apr 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-05 12:05:16-04

Morning After Pill(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.

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.

CNN’s Miriam Falco and Jacque Wilson contributed to this report.