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'Morning after' pills for US girls of all ages

An American federal judge has ordered that the most common morning-after pill must be available without prescription to girls of all ages.

The ruling, which overturns restrictions maintained by the Obama administration on over-the-counter access to Plan B One-Step, enraged some conservative family groups.

In a ruling that could end a 12-year battle over access to the pill, Edward Korman, a federal district judge, accused the government of "bad faith".

He said the decision to block moves to make the pill freely available in 2011 was "politically motivated and scientifically unjustified".

Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama's health and human services secretary, blocked a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 that the pill should be available to girls off all ages without restrictions.

Mr Obama backed her decision. "She could not be confident that a 10-year-old going into a drugstore should be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent