Breaking: Judge orders FDA to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter for all ages

Whoo hooo! Now this just makes common sense:

 A federal judge has ruled that the Unites States government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and under.

The decision, on a fraught and politically controversial subject, comes after a decade-long fight over who should have access to the pill and under what circumstances, and it counteracts an unprecedented move by the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services secretary who in 2011 overruled a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription.

There will inevitably be more to tease out in terms of details and implementation, and certainly pushback from a host of folks, but I think this deserves a 30-second dance party.

Related coverage here and here and here.


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