Judge: Make Morning After Pill Available for All

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A federal judge says emergency contraception, known as the morning after pill, must be made available over the counter to anyone who wants it, including young children.

The drug, usually taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, is currently available over the counter to women 17 and older.

"Now because...it can be on the shelf next to other feminine products, maybe next to the condoms and a woman can just pay and walk out.," said Judy Waxman with National Women's Law Center.

But opponents are urging the FDA to appeal the judge's ruling.

"So the problem here in having those over the counter here in the United States is that these teens are going to be avoiding medical screenings by doctors. And so these STD's and any increased STD's that are a results of increased um sexual behavior among teens are going to do unidentified and untreated," said Anna Higgins with Family Research Council.

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