Plan B Available to All - WMBB News 13 - The Panhandle's News Leader

Plan B Available to All

Posted: Updated:

Access to a controversial pill goes before a federal judge and it looks like it will be available to girls of all ages.

Some are outraged, while others say they are disappointed with the decision. The recent announcement became an opportunity for families to talk about the birds and the bees and when may be the appropriate time to have "the talk".

"I'm a religious person so I believe you should not have sex before you get married," Mary Ellen Clonts said.

"I'm very against the fact that they're making that open to anyone," Savannah Hearon said.

The ruling specifically targets the "morning after" pill or Plan B. The medication is used as an emergency contraceptive by keeping a fertilized egg from embedding in the uterus. Doctors say the pill works best up to 72 hours after intercourse and is distinct from the so-called abortion pill, but some still consider it to be an abortion.

 "Quite frankly, I don't think that it should be open to anyone. I am very against abortion and saying, go ahead and have sex and then take this pill it's like pretty much saying sex is ok," Hearon said.

"I think it's ultimately up to the parent. I think it's naive of us to think that the young girls in society are not having sex. So I think the pill is definitely a safety measure but ultimately it needs to be up to the parents," Kelly Faircloth said.

Friday's decision ordered the FDA make it available without a prescription. The ruling also requires that girls of all ages have access to it and that news didn't sit well with the parents and teens News 13 spoke to.

"You know if you're going to have sex then you just have to suffer the consequences and have the child. You know that's my opinion and you should encourage them to not have sex. Not that there is a safe way to do it. No there is one way to do it and that's when you are married and you have a husband and that's when you are in love and have kids," CJ Brantley said.

This is a big win for the American Academy of Pediatrics who recommended that the emergency contraceptives like Plan B be available to teenagers. The Center for Disease Control reports teen birth rates are nine times higher in the United States than in other developed countries.

At this time the government says they are reviewing the decision and evaluating their options.