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FDA Sets New Age Restriction For "Morning After Pill"

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Soon girls as young as 15 will be able to buy the Plan B One Step pill over the counter without a prescription or parents consent.

Up until now a girl younger than 17 needed a prescription to get the so called morning after pill. But the Food and Drug Administration has decided the only thing girls will need now is an identification that shows they're 15.

Most Texomans are completely against the decision, including a woman who got pregnant at the age of 16 and says she wouldn't have taken the pill back then.

The woman says, "It's giving them the consent to go out there and have sex and make them thing that it's ok."

Another Wichita Falls resident says, "We have parental responsibilities. I have three daughters myself and to get something like that over the counter without a prescription it says a lot about our society so it's a mistake."

"It's morally wrong. It's another example of another massive over reach from the federal government that wants to regulate morality and it's not going to be a beneficial thing," said another Texoman.

But other people think Plan B could actually help save tax payer money.

"We have kids that are 15 years old that are having kids and they're depending on the government. They're depending on medicare, they're depending on social security," said one resident.

And another Texoman thinks it could help girls who don't have a strong support system. "A lot of kids might just be scared to even say anything to their parents. I think it's a right to choose type of thing for the girl. I know 15 it's a little young but if that's the decision they've made then that's the decision they've made."

Plan B One Step does not end pregnancy. It actually prevents ovulation if taken within 72 hours of having sex.

The FDA's ruling doesn't apply to generic versions of Plan B One Step.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6