Plan B will become available to minors: How young is too young to make birth control decisions?

Plan B, the emergency contraception sometimes referred to as the "morning after pill", will now be available to women aged 17 and older without a prescription.

This move by the FDA lowers the age of availability from 18-years old that was set in 2006. It is in compliance with a recent federal court judge's ruling that was deemed to be politically motivated. The government will not appeal the decision, according to the FDA.

Opponents argue that Plan B is not safe for minors or respectful of the parent-child relationship, equating the drug with abortion. Women's reproductive rights groups counter that approving sales without a prescription to young women a move to safeguard the public health and puts science first.

Plan B can be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex and is a higher dose of regular birth control pills. It has been shown to be highly effective in preventing pregnancy, reducing a woman's chances of pregnancy by up to 89% when taken within the recommended timeframe. Plan B prevents a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the wall of the uterus but will not interfere with an established pregnancy.

What do you think of the Plan B news?

Will this help young women's sexual health?

Do you think lowering the age Plan B is available by one year makes a big difference?

Is 17-years old too young to make birth control decisions without a parent's approval or a prescription?