Sales of Morning-After Pill Double

As use of emergency contraceptive grows, controversy continues unabated
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Jul 13, 2007 2:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nearly a year after Plan B became available over the counter, sales of the emergency contraception have doubled, the Washington Post reports. Since the FDA approved nonprescription access to the morning-after pill, sales for 2007 are on track to approach $80 million, the manufacturer says. Proponents laud the trend, but conservative groups continue to argue against easier availability.

Only women 18 and older with ID can buy Plan B without a prescription, a restriction one advocate says has "no medical basis," and that poses difficulty for some illegal immigrants. Opponents contend that even that much access is too much; a spokeswoman for a group suing the FDA says the increased use is  "putting women's health at risk." (Read more contraception stories.)