Morning-after pill now available for girls as young as 15, The Food and Drug Administration has lowered the legal age required to purchase the morning-after pill, according to an April 30 report by The New York Times.

Effective immediately, the “Plan B One-Step” morning-after pill, which is designed to help prevent pregnancy if taken after intercourse will be available to girls as young as 15-years-old without a prescription. Additionally, the pills will no longer be kept behind the counter. They will now be on store shelves.

In early April, a federal judge’s ruled that officials had 30 days to make the morning-after pill available to all ages without a prescription. Officials are still deciding if they will appeal the judge's ruling.

The New York Times reports that this decision is allegedly a compromise between the FDA and anti-abortion groups.

In 2011, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius decided morning-after pill would only be available to woman 17-years or older, despite the FDA approving it for without age restriction.

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