Judge on Morning-After Pill: No One Needs Prescription
Directs FDA to sell over-the-counter, even to teens
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2013 8:11 AM CDT
This undated image made available by Teva Women's Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the "morning-after pill."   (AP Photo/Teva Women's Health)

(Newser) – The FDA must make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter to women of all ages, a federal judge has ruled. It's currently stocked behind the counter, and those under 17 need a prescription. The federal government has debated with itself over the morning-after pill in the past, with the FDA saying it should be available without restriction; but Kathleen Sebelius, head of Health and Human Services, overruled the FDA in 2011 and said it should be restricted for those under 17, reports the New York Times.