Plan B Without a Prescription?

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

The morning after pill has to be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex in order to be effective. Supporters ask what happens when a young woman can't get to the doctor and get a prescription. They want the drug to be made over-the-counter so it can be more accessible.

Both supporters and opponents agree Plan B is both safe and effective. Opponents say making the drug more accessible could lead to risky sexual behavior, especially for teenagers. Doctors say recent research proves otherwise. They say there is no evidence to prove if women have access to the morning after pill that it leads to increased sexual activity.

Doctors say the decision is not a medical one, but a moral issue. Some members of the FDA have expressed concern that this decision is out of the scope of their drug approval process. Others say sexual behavior is a scientific issue.

A decision is expected sometime this week.


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