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Morning-after pill: FDA may drop age restriction, permit over-the-counter sales

Catholic World News - December 07, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to permit the morning-after pill to be sold to any person over the counter. Currently, pharmacists are permitted to give the drug, which can act as an abortifacient, to any woman 17 or older who requests it, and to any woman under 17 who has a prescription.

“When anybody can buy an emergency contraceptive like this over the counter, you open the door for all sorts of abuse, and especially so when it comes to child abuse and child exploitation,” said Janice Crouse of Concerned Women of America.

“Parents have to sign a permission slip for their children to go on a class trip or get their ears pierced,” she added. “When you are talking about selling something like this over the counter, you are opening up a can of worms when it comes to parental involvement in their children’s lives.”

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  • Posted by: skladach - Dec. 07, 2011 11:09 AM ET USA

    Hello?! "Morning-after" pills [MAP] have the same risky hormones as in conventional contraceptive pills, except in much higher doses. Girls under 17 years of age are still maturing physically. What unintended side effects will they experience if they use the MAP?

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