BROOKLYN - A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled today that the FDA must make emergency contraceptives available within 30 days to females of any age.
The ruling includes the morning-after pill. The pill had previously only been available over the counter to people 17 and over.
Organizations like Planned Parenthood are calling the ruling a victory for all women. JoAnn Smith, of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, calls the morning-after pill just another form of safe and effective birth control.
“All studies have shown that there really is no reason to have any age limit on it,” says Smith.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the court acted irresponsibly, however.
"Plan B does not prevent or treat any disease, but makes young adolescent girls more available to sexual predators,” the group says. “The court's action undermines parents' ability to protect their daughters from such exploitation."