September 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - Backed into a corner by a federal court, the Obama administration is considering next steps a day after it upset both sides in the politically charged issue of emergency contraception.
The Food and Drug Administration had lowered the age that people can buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription to 15, younger than the current limit of 17, and will let it sit on drugstore shelves near the condoms.
That move falls short of a judge's order to lift all age limits on nonprescription sale of emergency contraception by Monday. The Justice Department hasn't yet said whether it will appeal that ruling, leaving the whole issue in limbo.
Doctors' groups said Wednesday the pill is safe for all ages, while conservative groups bemoaned the easier access.
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