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Morning after pill to be offered over the counter

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A federal judge ruled Friday that the morning after pill should be made available to women of all ages without a prescription.

The order from a New York District Court, would allow the pill to be sold over the counter as soon as next month.

The pill is an emergency contraceptive, and it's most effective if taken within 24 hours.

If you're 17 or older, you can pick up these pills without a prescription but that doesn't mean they're easy to obtain.

Planned Parenthood says the prices may vary dramatically from store to store, and some places don't even have them.

Caitlyn Miller, Grassroots Outreach Manager for Planned Parenthood said, "This has really been needed for a very long time."

Miller said, "It's really good science, its good policy and its good sense. It takes away the age requirement that many studies have said is not necessary in the first place."

The Catholic Diocese of Venice was not happy with the ruling.   They issued a statement Friday.

Catholic Diocese, spokesman Billy Atwell said, "The decision released today regarding a federal judge ordering the FDA to make an abortion-inducing drug available to children over–the–counter is disturbing and contrary to the goal of protecting youth. Children need parental permission to get an aspirin from the school nurse, but now they do not need permission to potentially abort the life of an unborn child. Rather than encouraging responsibility, the easy availability of this drug sends a message to youth that engaging in risky behavior, and potentially destroying a human life, is to be taken lightly."

The judge said the order must take effect after 30 days.

The Justice Department hasn't said yet whether the ruling would be appealed.

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