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Morning After Pill May Be Available To Girls Of All Ages

Young teenage girls may soon be able to get the so-called "morning after pill" without a prescription or parents permission.

Currently only girls who are 17 years or older can get the emergency contraception over the counter by just showing an ID but a federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make it available for all ages. Many Texomans think this will only put teenagers more at risk.

"Part of me thinks that it may not be a great idea just because you kids like you said, eleven or even younger can get it and it could inspire them to have sex earlier than they probably should," said one Wichita Falls resident.

Another Texoman says, "When they're young and not thinking obviously if they're young and having sex and they're not using protection then they would say oh it's ok, I can go take this pill and I don't think that's good."

Others think a parent's consent or a prescription should still be required.

"I think they need to be able to go to someone. An adult, a family member or a friend and discuss it before they make the decision of taking anything," said a Texoma resident.

The decision from U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, NY comes after reproductive groups filed suit to remove the age restrictions. Korman called the pill one of the safest contraception's sold over the counter. He also says the number of 11 year olds who might take it should be minuscule.

One Texoma resident doesn't agree. She says, "Eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve yeah, they should take it but if they're older they should pay for their choices because there's a lot of people out there that can't have kids so even if they don't want the baby, these people can take the baby."

Back in 2011 the FDA had allowed girls of all ages to get the morning after pill without prescription but President Obama's Administration overruled the decision saying young girls would not know how to use the pill properly.

Judge Korman gave the FDA 30 days to make the changes.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6

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