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Emergency Contraceptive now available for 17-year-olds

The morning-after contraceptive pills are now available to 17-year-olds without a doctors prescription, reported The New York Times.

This controversial decision came Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

Plan-B is the name of the drug, and it comes in the form of two pills. If it is taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse it can prevent conception.

The Times stated that the drug has been widely available since 2006 to women aged 18, but it had no real effect on the number of teen pregnancies and abortion rates.

Judge Edward R. Korman of the Federal District Court in New York was the catalysis in the move. He ruled that the past policy enacted by the Bush administration was driven by politics not science. The New York Times said that Korman gave the FDA 30 days to drop the age down one year.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/health/23fda.html?_r=1&hp