The nationwide morning-after pill discussion continued late yesterday as the Food and Drug Administration ruled that the next-day birth control would be available over-the-counter for those 15 and older. Just a month ago, a federal judge stated that the pill must be sold to customers of all ages, as opposed to today's Plan B One-Step regulations. Currently, the morning-after pill is carried behind-the-counter, and is only sold without a prescription to those 17 and older.
To put this in simpler terms: Women above the age of 15 can now pick up Plan B One-Step in the "family planning aisle" the biggest hinderance to this purchase is that proof of ID must be shown at the register. In the history of the women's health debate, it's never been easier for a woman to make a independent choice about her body as it is now.
As we wrote a month ago, we're intrigued at how and when, for that matter the court will address issues surrounding reproductive health and otherwise. But first women must celebrate this not-so-small victory, as this is a substantial stepping stone for women's right to choose.