Judge Approves Morning-After Pill for All Ages Without Prescription

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BOSTON - FEBRUARY 27:  The Plan B pill, also known as the "morning after" pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf February 27, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. Many states may have to deal with legislation that would expand or restrict access to the drug since the federal government has not made a decision to make the pill available without a prescription.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In a victory for reproductive rights, a federal ruling in Brooklyn this morning states that the U.S. government must make the "morning-after" emergency contraception pill available to anyone, no longer requiring women under 16 to have a prescription. The FDA previously recommended the pill be freely available over the counter, but was overruled by the Obama administration.