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Morning After Pill Ruling

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The controversial "morning after pill" may soon become as easy to buy as aspirin.

A federal judge from New York ruled that women no matter what their age should be allowed to buy emergency contraception.

This order overturned a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The White House says the Justice Department will review this ruling.

Currently females must be at least 17 years old and show identification to a pharmacist.  If a girl is under 17, she would need a doctor's prescription.

Doctor Rhonda Medina from the Alliance for Women's Health in Lima says there is a misconception about the morning after pill, it is an important type of contraceptive when other forms are ineffective or used incorrectly.

Medina believes the teenage population is under served and that it should be available to any female who is sexually active.

Doctors say the morning after pill is ideally used for emergencies and not a regular form of contraceptive. It prevents a pregnancy from occurring, but does not terminate one.

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