NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Teenage girls could soon have access to emergency contraception. If the FDA approves the measure, girls over the age of 12 will be able to walk into a pharmacy and pick up emergency contraception, no questions asked; without an ID or a prescription.
The Obama administration announced Monday that it will comply with a judge's ruling allowing women, of all ages, unrestricted access to emergency contraception.
"When you are under 18 or just younger, it's embarrassing. And you don't want to talk about these things with your parents. And your parents might not be supportive. There's a giant range of reasons why you want to have access to emergency contraception," said Elana Cohen of Brooklyn.
The morning after pill, also known as Plan B, is designed much like a birth control pill; but with a higher dosage. If it's taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, it will prevent a pregnancy.
"I feel like I should be able to choose what I want to do with my body. It's stupid to think that people are not having sex. You have to realize no matter what age they are they are going to be doing it. No matter if their parents allow it or don't," said Meghan Davies of Ware.
The Justice Department says it will not object to U.S. Federal Judge Edward Korman's ruling; allowing women of all ages to purchase Plan B contraceptives. The federal government initially appealed the decision, but has now dropped their case.
"I found that with same of my more secular friends. It doesn't seem to be as big of an issue. I think once you remove that religious component, most people tend to be on the same page. They tend to agree on a pro-choice legislation or standpoint," said Christina Quintana of Brooklyn.
The next step is FDA approval. FDA officials have asked the makers of Plan B to create labeling that would allow for the safe, unrestricted sale of the contraceptive.