A federal judge ordered June 5 that some types of the so-called "morning-after pill" should be made available for women of all ages without a prescription, and while the Obama administration appeals the ruling, the emergency contraceptive is soon expected to show up over the counter.
Two-pill versions of the drug, and all but one brand of the one-pill versions, are currently available without a prescription, but only to women 17 and older. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has now ordered the federal government to lift all age and sales restrictions for the two-pill version, while the federal government continues its fight to limit over-the-counter availability.
Feds now have two weeks to decide whether to appel the Second Circuit's decision.
"It'll be like buying Tylonol," said Julie Rickelman of the Center for Reproductive Rights. "You'll be able to to get it off the drugstore shelf, no ID, at the regular counter."
But the director of the Family Research Council's Center for Human Dignity said the ease of access was a problem.
"Our reaction in general is a concern for the safety of young girls and the rights of parents," said the council''s director Anna Higgins.