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Obama administration drops fight on age limit for girls seeking to buy morning-after pill over counter

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 12 2013 10:15:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 13 2013 01:58:32 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Obama administration is dropping the fight against an age limit for girls who want to purchase the morning after pill over the counter.

“At the very least that addresses some of the concerns about the ability of younger girls to use that medication,” said Jay Carney, spokesman for the White House.

Some medical experts said the longer it takes to get the pill, the less effective it is and so waiting for a prescription could render the drug useless. A federal appeals court agreed and ruled there is no medical reason for an age limit, but people we talked to disagree.

"You’re really not old enough to make the kind of life judgments that are required at that age," said Yahdah Hawkins, who is against allowing the pill to girls of all ages without a prescription. 

"I don't think they should be able to get it period," said William Hall, who disagrees with the decision. 

"Definitely too young because to me it's like putting a loaded gun in someone’s hands. I mean I think that society is directly a part of the problem that we have with teenage and underage pregnancy and all of that and this just adds to it," said Bernita Wright, who also opposes the idea. 

Many people group the morning after pill with the abortion pill, but they aren’t the same. According to the FDA the morning after pill contains a higher dosage of the hormone progestin in birth control pills. If taken within 72 hours it can reduce the chance of pregnancy by almost 90 percent. The pill works by preventing ovulation and fertilization of an egg. It does not terminate an existing pregnancy.

It won't be on shelves immediately. The drug's maker will first need to re-label and submit it to the FDA.