Morning After Pill Now Available to Children Without Parental Consent

Katie Pavlich

5/1/2013 7:47:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

The Food and Drug Administration officially made the morning after pill available to children without parental consent or a doctor's prescription yesterday, going against the positions of pro-life groups and the Obama administration. Previously, the morning after pill, known as Plan B, was only available over-the-counter to those 17 years of age.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has approved an amended application submitted by Teva Women’s Health, Inc. to market Plan B One-Step (active ingredient levonorgestrel) for use without a prescription by women 15 years of age and older.

The good news (I guess) is the morning after pill was not made available to women of any age at any time without parental consent as previously expected.

The product will now be labeled “not for sale to those under 15 years of age *proof of age required* not for sale where age cannot be verified.” Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code prompting a cashier to request and verify the customer’s age. A customer who cannot provide age verification will not be able to purchase the product. In addition, Teva has arranged to have a security tag placed on all product cartons to prevent theft.

Not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is celebrating.