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News Summary: Women's groups protest pill appeal

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm •  Published: May 2, 2013
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THE NEWS: The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off criticism from reproductive rights groups, who called it politically motivated and a step backward for women's health.

THE BACKGROUND: The FDA on Tuesday had lowered the age at which people can buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription to 15 — versus the current limit of 17 — and decided that the pill could be sold on drugstore shelves instead of behind pharmacy counters.

THE OTHER SIDE: Social conservatives were outraged by the FDA's move to lower the age limits for Plan B, as well as the possibility that Tuesday's ruling might lift age restrictions altogether.