FDA to allow Plan B birth control for 17-year-olds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it will allow 17-year-olds to get the 'morning-after' birth control pill without a doctor's prescription.

The FDA said Wednesday it will not appeal a federal judge's order overturning restrictions that were imposed during the Bush administration.

U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to allow over-the-counter access only for women 18 and older.

Korman ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds get the medication. He also is ordering the agency to evaluate whether all age restrictions should be lifted.

In a statement, the FDA indicates that it is ready to approve the change once the manufacturer requests it.

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