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FDA debates over-the-counter morning-after pill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide today whether girls under 17 can get the morning-after pill without a prescription.

Right now, Plan B One-Step emergency contraception is available without a prescription only for women 17 and older.

The pill can prevent pregnancy if taken soon after unprotected sex.

Doctors' and women's health groups have long argued that the pill is safe even for younger teens and that lifting the age restriction would increase access for everyone.


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