Emergency contraceptives like the Plan B pill is only available to women over 17 without a prescription. But now things have changed! A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove longstanding age and point of sale restrictions that prevent women from being able to access emergency contraception. The FDA has 30 days to comply. It’s a great thing the Center for Reproductive Rights’ renewed its lawsuit against the agency seeking to expand over-the counter access to all brands of the morning-after pill, such as Plan B One-Step and Next Choice, to women of all ages because it worked! #Winning
Emergency contraception is used by many women–young and old– to prevent unintentional pregnancies. According to Jezebel, things might change for the better when Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Plan B One-Step, files a supplemental new drug application with the FDA to ensure that the drug would be available OTC for women of all ages. So it’s obvious moves have been made to make Plan B more readily available for all women, without having the powers that be, like the pharmacies police who can get what.
Nancy Northup, president and CEO for the Center for Reproductive Rights summed it all up:
“This landmark court decision has struck a huge blow to the deep-seated discrimination that has for too long denied women access to a full range of safe and effective birth control methods. Women all over the country will no longer face arbitrary delays and barriers just to get emergency contraception. It’s a true victory for all women, especially young women, women without government-issued identification, and those who live in areas with limited pharmacy hours.”
This is such a big move for our country and it’s uplifting to see, especially at a time when women in the U. S. aren’t necessarily feeling in control of our own reproductive health. Does this new restriction lift make you happy beauties?
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