FDA approves morning-after pill without prescription

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Soon the so-called morning-after pill will be available over the counter.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration announced that it approved the availability of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription.

The makers of Plan B say it will begin over the counter sales of the controversial pill in a few months. Right now the pill is available to those 17 and older and kept behind pharmacy counters. But soon, teens as young as 15 won't need permission or a prescription to buy the medicine, but they will need to present proof of age.

The FDA is coming under fire for the decision.

"It makes no sense that kids need parental permission to take aspirin at school, but they're free to buy and administer Plan B," one woman said.

Kansans for Life, the largest pro-life organization in Kansas, is also speaking out against the decision. They say Plan B is the equivalent of an abortion pill. They argue the pills are 40 times stronger than birth control pills and are not safe.

The FDA says the Plan B pill is an emergency contraceptive intended to reduce the possibility of pregnancy following unprotected sex.

The pill costs about $50.

FOX 4 will have more on this story Wednesday evening on FOX 4 News. We'd like to hear from you. Leave your comments and opinions below about the FDA's move.

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