Intelligence Squared: Is the FDA Hazardous to Our Health?
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled to make the morning-after pill, Plan B One-Step, available over-the-counter for women as young as 15 years old. This decision allows teens sidestep the pharmacy to receive emergency contraception and marks a not-insignificant victory for women's health and reproductive rights.
The ruling was backed by a study submitted by the drugmaker to the FDA showing that women aged 15 and older understood that the product was not for regular use and would not protect them against sexually-transmitted diseases. Still, the decision doesn't sit well with a number of women's right groups, such as the Center for Women's Reproductive Rights, who are angered that the FDA hasn't budged on removing age restrictions entirely.