Without your consent and without a prescription, your 17 year old daughter can now buy emergency contraception.
The FDA signed off on the measure today, complying with a federal judge's order, which allows girls 17 years old and up to buy Plan B Emergency Contraception, without a doctor's note.
When taken, it does one of three things: it keeps an egg from being released, prevents fertilization if it is released, or it blocks implantation if fertilized.
Target Staff Pharmacist Cal Barakat says, "we sell a few...it costs about $44."
One local doctor says the FDA'smeasure keeps parents out of the equation.
Dr. Brian Eades, an OB/GYN, says "these are kids where there ought to be a conversation going on with the school nurse, planned parenthood, a doctor, to understand the pros and cons of what's going on and when people need to be talking about birth control and 'how do I protect myself from STDs', it short circuits all that."
Dr. Eades says he fully understands a woman's right to buy the pill after unprotected sex, but when dealing with teenagers, it is a whole different ballgame.
He says,"it's a huge difference when you're talking about young ladies that are 18 years and below, because they don't understand the ramifications of sexual activity, STDs. They need to be involved in a conversation with families."
The federal judge who made the ruling also ordered the FDA to evaluate whether to lift all age restrictions off the pill.