President Obama Supports Morning-After Pill Age Limit

A pile of small white pillsPresident Barack Obama says he is comfortable with his administration’s decision to limit over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill to anyone aged 15 and older, according to the AP.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday had lowered the age at which people can buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription to 15 — younger than the current limit of 17. The FDA decided that the pill could be sold on drugstore shelves near condoms, instead of locked behind pharmacy counters.

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Obama, speaking at a news conference while in Mexico, said the FDA’s decision was based on “solid scientific evidence.”

Whether or not to lift all age limits on purchasers of the pill is an issue that still has yet to be determined, a topic that initiated a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women’s health.