Morning After Pill Should Be Available to All Over the Counter

So ruled Brooklyn District Court Judge Edward Korman Friday, in a reversal of Health and Human Services rules that restricted access to the drug. He said the HHS rules were “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable, an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their rights to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions.”

Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists had recommended that the Morning After pill be made available to all. The Morning After pill reduces risk of pregnancy if taken immediately after unprotected sex in the same way the birth control pill does, delivering a dose of hormones to disrupt fertilization and implantation in the uterine wall. It has been under political attack since it’s introduction in 1999 by those who oppose women and girls being given their full reproductive rights.

Watch Judge Orders FDA to Make Morning-After Pill Available to All on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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