Some Morning-After Pills Now Available Over the Counter

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A federal appeals court joined hero Judge Edward Korman today in nixing the politicized age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of emergency contraceptive sought by the Obama administration. In a brief order from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judges Ralph K. Winter, Peter W. Hall, and Gerard E. Lynch denied the administration's requested stay of Korman’s decision until it can be appealed, allowing generic, two-pill emergency contraceptive to be sold over the counter, without age restrictions, immediately. A stay was, however, granted for Teva’s one-pill Plan B. In other words, teenagers won’t have to waste any of the morning-after pill's brief efficacy window finding proof-of-age identification or enlisting an older friend to buy it for them.