The Food and Drug Administration had planned to remove restriction from Plan B--otherwise known as the Morning After Pill, but Kathleen Sebelius with Health and Human Services overruled that decision saying she had concerns for young women.
In his ruling Friday Judge Edward Korman said the Sebelius decision was entirely motivated by politics and was scientifically unjustified.
“Commend it. We think it is good science, good policy, and its for preventing unplanned pregnancy,” says Alison Gauldlen Vice President with Planned Parenthood about the court ruling.
Those critical of the decision say Plan B could be abused and used as primary contraception by younger women.
“These teens are going to be avoiding medical screenings by doctors. And so these STD's and any increased STD's that are a result of increased um sexual behavior amongst teens are going to do unidentified and untreated,” says Anna Higgins with the Family Research Council.
Until now the pill--used primarily when initial contraception fails or after unprotected sex--was only available to customers 17 years or older.
But citing," no health risks have been associated with the medication in the adult and pediatric populations" the judge noted even the F-D-A had acknowledged its safety and efficacy in the pediatric population had been established in his 45-page decision.
The pill must be taken 5 days after unprotected sex and will not work if the woman is already pregnant.
Some parents we talked to their own views about today's decision.
“I think providing our female population regardless of age access to reproductive rights is important,” says Bridgette Dean.
“I think for young adults especially it just makes it too easy for them to have sex and then take care of the problem,” says Jeff Cahill.
The cost for Plan B is about $50.
The Justice Department says it hasn't decided whether it will appeal Friday's decision.