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FDA to Decide on Making Morning-After Pill Available Without Prescription

The Food and Drug Administration is set to make a decision this week on the controversial morning-after pill for women, otherwise know as “plan B.”

Right now the pill has to be prescribed by a physician, but the FDA's decision could mean that women age 16 or older can start picking one up at their convenience.

Ashley Thomas, a supporter, says, "I think personally it should be over the counter. It would just be better for everyone. If you needed, it's there for you to go to the counter to get it."

Thomas Morgan, also a supporter, adds, "I think sometimes it's rather difficult to get to a physician quick enough. The availability over the counter may give them a little more privacy."

If taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, the emergency contraceptive can cut a woman's chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent.

Verdelle Hamilton, an opponent, says, "It shouldn't be over the counter because I believe all life is sacred and all life comes from God, and I believe life starts at the moment of conception where the sperm implants the egg. That is where life begins, and you shouldn't do anything to stop that."

Supporters of the move feel it may prevent thousands of unwanted pregnancies, while opponents believe the move will encourage risky sexual behavior.

Last May, the FDA rejected non-prescription sales of emergency contraception.


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