Some Morning-After Pills Now Available Over the Counter

This photo illustration shows a package of Plan B contraceptive on April 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. A federal judge in New York City has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make Plan B contraceptive, also known as the morning after pill, available to younger teens without a prescription within 30 days. The judge's ruling overturns a December 2011 decision by the FDA to restrict access to the contraceptive to any girl under 17 years of age. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

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.