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Obama backs effort to restrict sales of morning-after pill

Justice Dept. is appealing age elimination

MEXICO CITY — President Obama said Thursday that he was comfortable with his administration’s decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older.

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

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