Morning After Pill Hitting Store Shelves? - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Morning After Pill Hitting Store Shelves?

AUGUST 1, 2006 -- The "morning after" pill could soon hit store shelves. The FDA is debating whether to allow the contraceptive to be sold over-the-counter at pharmacies.

If it becomes available, it will only be sold to women 18 or older. Questions still remain about enforcing the age restrictions, marketing the pill to minors and any long-term health effects.

Planned Parenthood and Pro-Life advocates disagree about the issue and how it will affect women.

Opponents fear it will cause an increase in promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases. But others say young girls are being underestimated. Many young women do take precautionary measures against pregnancy, by using condoms and birth control, but they are not 100% safe. Plan B can help when others fail.

The decision from the FDA could come within the next two weeks, but under North Carolina law it will be up to the individual drug stores whether to carry it.

Reported by Kim Gebbia

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