Today the feds decided not to scrap regulations that require young teens to obtain a prescription before purchasing the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill.
Currently, the contraceptive is available without a prescription to women 17 and older. Younger teens require a doctor’s note. The drug’s manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, and many women’s health advocates have been arguing that Plan B should be available in drugstore aisles, alongside condoms and the like, and be as easy to purchase as aspirin. Obviously, this has sparked a whole new round of arguments.