Emergency contraception pill available for all ages
POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:27am
Tyler, TX — The Obama administration announced there will be no age restrictions to buy the morning after pill.
In the last decade, it's been an on-going battle.
First women had to have a prescription, then it was available over-the-counter without a prescription, and then lowering the age from 17 to 15.
Last Spring a federal judge ordered that any female was eligible to buy the pill over-the-counter. The Obama Administration said they'd appeal the order.
""As a father I am not happy at all, it's another time where I'm not a fan of the Obama Administration." says John Cotton, Tyler parent.
It's reported on Monday the appeal was dropped. Now there are no restrictions for the morning after pill. Women and girls of any age can go buy the emergency contraceptive without a pharmacist's assistance.
"It's teaching our children they can have freedom and whatever they do there's no consequences and then go take a pill... I think it's a tragedy," saya Tyler parent.
"To give that to underage girls without their parents permission is not the right thing to do," says Jill Cummings.
East Texas parents are furious and say it's going to lead to more problems.
"They'll think yes... I can engage in sexual promiscuity with no issue afterwards and I think it's going to be an explosion of more venereal diseases than we've ever seen.... It's going to be a sad thing," said a Tyler Parent.
'"Very likely for girls to be exposed to aids and other sexually transmitted diseases," says Jill Cummings.
Plus, the morning after pill will soon be available in the retail aisle next to medicine and other forms of contraceptive methods.
Through studies, the FDA finds the morning after pill to be safe.
Parents KETK spoke to say, this ruling doesn't make since because you have to have a prescription and a parent's consent for birth control so it should be the same for the morning after pill.