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Health & wellness

Ruling lifts age restrictions on some emergency contraception

In a strange twist of events, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that two-pill generic versions of the morning after pill should be immediately made available over the counter, without any age restrictions; the court, though, denied unrestricted sales of the Plan B One-Step product until it determines whether the government’s appeal should be upheld.

Last month, the federal government appealed a New York state judge’s ruling ordering emergency contraception to be made available on drugstore shelves next to condoms and tampons and without any age restrictions.

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