The U.S. government says it will not block a court order to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter.
After a months-long battle over the age threshold on Plan B One-Step, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it would go with Judge Edward Korman's ruling on the morning-after pill.
Women's reproductive rights groups that had sued the government to promote a wider drug distribution were happy with the decision, the New York Times reported. They still sought to see details of how the move would be enacted, however.
"We will not rest in this fight until the morning-after pill is made available without delay and obstruction," said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which represented the plaintiffs in the case.
"This is a huge breakthrough for access to birth control and a historic moment for women's health and equity," said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. "The FDA's decision will make emergency contraception available on store shelves, just like condoms, and women of all ages will be able to get it quickly in order to prevent unintended pregnancy."
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