A federal judge in New York has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill available over the counter to people of any age.
The ruling overturns a decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to require a prescription for girls under 17.
Emergency contraceptives prevent a pregnancy by preventing a fertilized egg from embedding in the uterus. They are intended for use within 72 hours after sex but are most effective if taken within 24 hours. Proponents say requiring a prescription can delay access to the drug.
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