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Black Like Moi reports:
Yesterday, we received news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be voting on a controversial measure that would potentially allow the morning-after pill (Plan-B) to be sold over-the-counter to teenagers.
The vote is in.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over-ruled the agency’s recommendation, saying that she didn’t believe that young girls would be able to understand how to take the pills properly.
As previously reported on Black Like Moi, the safety issues have been addressed. Teva conducted studies proving that girls ages 11-17 can easily read the usage instructions, but conservatives still lobbied against the measure saying it presented dangers for girls under 17 years of age, including an increase in molestation.
The current standard will remain. The morning-after pill will continue to only be available to women over the age of 17 when they present a pharmacist proof of age.