We must raise $643 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

FDA to allow over-the-counter sales of 'morning-after' pill to teens 15 and up

Catholic World News - May 01, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that the “morning-after” pill should be freely available without a prescription to all women over the age of 14.

The introduction of the “emergency contraceptive” pill to the American marketing has caused persistent political and legal debate. In 2011 the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, said that the pill should be made available only to women over the age of 17. That decision prompted a lawsuit, and a federal judge in New York ruled early in April that the pill must be available to females of all ages. The FDA ruling stops short of the full availability that the judge ordered. The Obama administration has not announced whether or not it will appeal the court ruling.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($643 to go):
$35,000.00 $34,356.96
2% 98%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 01, 2013 4:51 PM ET USA

    You have to ask yourself who would bring a lawsuit like this. How will anyone track the effect of these incredibly powerful drugs on young girls who use them, and who surely will not notify their parents that they are.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 01, 2013 4:21 PM ET USA

    Here I always thought we were responsible for our children until they became adults...

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis March 27
Our Most Characteristic Vice? March 27
Recognizing the Noonday Devil March 27
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? March 27
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women March 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13