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Federal judge lifts age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of morning-after pill


A federal judge in Brooklyn has ruled that the government was “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” when it refused to lift age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill.

The decision (PDF) on Friday by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman orders the government to lift the ban on over-counter-sales of the pill to girls who are 16 years old or younger, report the New York Times, Reuters and the New York Daily News.

In 2011 Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius had overruled an FDA recommendation that the pill be made available to girls of all ages without a prescription. Korman blasted Sebelius for the decision, saying it was “politically motivated, scientifically unjustified and contrary to agency precedent.”

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