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Planned Parenthood Calls “Morning-After Pill” Ruling Huge

Planned Parenthood officials in San Diego are praising a decision that lifts restrictions on the so-called "morning-after pill".

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.

A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York ruled the drug must be made available without a prescription to girls younger than 17 years old.

Emergency contraceptive pills are currently available without a prescription to women 17 and older. The drugs are kept behind pharmacy counters.

The ruling means the medication will be on store shelves within 30 days and women of all ages will be allowed to buy it.

Jennifer Coburn, director of communications of San Diego's Planned Parenthood affiliate, said emergency contraception is not an abortion pill. Rather, it prevents pregnancies when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.

"Our feeling is that emergency contraception is a lot like having a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. You never want to use it, but if you need it, you're sure glad it's there," Coburn said.

Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. every year are unintended.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | April 6, 2013 at 9:16 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

This would be laughable if it were not so sad. I have to have a RX for simple cholesterol medication. Yet, we will allow teens buy over-the-counter drugs strong enough to prevent conception. I don't judge the purpose of the pill, I do question the logic in making it over-the-counter. It will be abused and deaths or serious illness will occur. Look at what these kids do with bath salts and spray paint.

To be honest, I have no children of that age. I feel for the parents who do. Their right to protect their children's health is constantly being eroded. The parents, however, will bear the expense and pain if this goes wrong. The activists groups will just move on to another of their "feel-good" causes.

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Anon11 | April 6, 2013 at 10:05 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

"It will be abused and deaths or serious illness will occur. Look at what these kids do with bath salts and spray paint."

Your argument consists of speculation that plays on people's fears (emotions). There is not one shred of scientific evidence to substantiate it.

It comes down to the reality of whether we should provide full access to birth control for females whose bodies are able to become pregnant. I believe we should.

As a footnote, I'd like to acknowledge there are potential abuses. I'm not saying full access will go perfectly well. But just like we decide to drive even though car accidents happen every day, sometimes the benefits strongly outweighs the potential risks.

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muckapoo1 | April 6, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Anon. Save your notes and send them to the parents of the first fatality. Make sure you include a sympathy card. There will always be abuses, especially when you allow open medication to 12 year olds. Most of the ones that will be looking for this drug probably will have the IQ of a lemon.

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Anon11 | April 6, 2013 at 5:13 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

"Possible side effects of levonorgestrel include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, breast tenderness, tiredness and weakness, headache, menstrual changes, and diarrhea."

Nowhere does it say it can be fatal. Guess I won't be sending out any cards soon.

"Most of the ones that will be looking for this drug probably will have the IQ of a lemon."

You thought Plan B could kill you. You're not really in a position to be judging anyone's intelligence quotient.

"There will always be abuses, especially when you allow open medication to 12 year olds."

So you don't think 12 year olds should have access to birth control, despite having bodies biologically capable of conception? Disgusting.

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RegularChristian | April 7, 2013 at 7:53 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank goodness there's another option for an unwanted pregnancy. We can't let fear run our lives. Sure, we don't have the answers for every problem, like teenage immaturity, but we can put options forward for good people to mitigate their mistakes.

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Pondering_It_All | April 7, 2013 at 4:39 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

And for many of those young women with unwanted pregnancies who miss the 24 hour window of Plan B, that "other option" will be an abortion!

Emergency contraception like Plan B and its generic equivalents are birth control pills, and nothing more. In fact, buying Plan B is not even necessary because it is exactly the same as just taking several of the right type of birth control pill at once. The types of birth control pills and dosage info is easily found online.

Conception doesn't occur immediately at the end of intercourse. it can take up to two days for sperm to meet egg, and even longer for an embryo to attach to the uterine wall. Taking Plan B during that interval just means that the conditions in the uterus will be the same as if the woman had been taking regular birth control pills all along.

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RegularChristian | April 8, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Good to know.

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