In a controversial move, the Obama administration, care of the Justice Department, halted its opposition to keep age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill.
Previously the administration pushed for availability of the contraceptive only to women 15 and older, challenging an April ruling by Judge Edward R. Korman of the Federal District Court that the FDA make the pill available for anyone who needs it. Prior to that ruling, the FDA required prescriptions for girls younger than 17 to obtain emergency contraceptives.
But late Monday, the Justice Department wrote in a letter to the judge that the administration would comply with his demands, according to the New York Times.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement that "this is a huge breakthrough for access to birth control and a historic moment for women's health and equity." And while women's rights groups are thrilled with the ruling, it's no doubt causing an uproar among anti-abortion activists.