Judge rules no age-restriction on the morning-after pill

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Posted on April 5, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 12:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled there should be no age restrictions on sales of the morning-after pill, in the latest development in the decade-long push for easier access to emergency contraception.

A timeline of decisions on the pills, now sold as Plan B One-Step:

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1999: The Food and Drug Administration approves prescription sales of Plan B.

2006: The FDA approves non-prescription sales for women 18 and older. Younger women would need a doctor's prescription. Because of the age limit, the contraception is behind pharmacy counters, so consumers have to ask for it rather than picking it up off the shelves.

2009: U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in New York orders the FDA to lower the age restrictions to 17.

2011: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overrules FDA's plan to lift age restrictions on nonprescription sales of the morning-after pill. She says young girls shouldn't be able to buy emergency contraception on their own.

2012: Korman rules that the age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill are "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable" and must end within 30 days.

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