Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 --- 10:22pm
The Plan B morning-after pill no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters It's also now available for girls as young as 15 years old without a prescription.
The move comes just days before a court-imposed deadline. The Plan B pill can now sit on drugstore shelves., just like condoms.
Proof of age will have to be shown at the register, though.
The decision is garnering mixed reviews by Madison residents.
Some, like Andrea Walker, say the move helps girls who get themselves in difficult, unplanned situations.
“I think it's a good idea, especially for younger girls that might have gotten themselves in a situation that they really didn't plan for, whether It was a rape or maybe it was consensual and they didn't use the right protection” says Walker.
But, others argue it promotes sexual activity among teens.
While Paris Lewis agrees that it's good for girls who've gotten themselves in an unplanned situation, she thinks many may now take advantage of the pill's easy access.
"I feel like a lot of students are going to abuse this” says Lewis.
Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered the Obama Administration to make Plan B available over the counter to women of all ages, not just those 15 and older. But, the FDA points out that this decision is not a response to that court case.