U.S. drops appeal over Plan B sales

AFP-JIJI

The White House said Monday it would comply with a judge’s order to allow women and girls of any age to purchase emergency contraception, ending its efforts to restrict the drug’s availability.

The reversal on the sensitive issue means that anyone, including young girls, will soon be able to purchase the popular Plan B One-Step morning-after pill over the counter without a prescription.

President Barack Obama’s administration had fought against U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman’s order seeking to make the drug more widely available after a more than decade-long court fight, warning of health and social dangers.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Edward Korman, U.S. attorneys said the Food and Drug Administration was dropping its appeal.