Alabamians react to judge's ruling on morning-after pill - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Alabamians react to judge's ruling on morning-after pill

A federal judge has ruled that the morning after pill should be available over the counter without age restrictions. Source: WBRC video A federal judge has ruled that the morning after pill should be available over the counter without age restrictions. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A federal judge's decision is lifting age restrictions on prescriptions for the morning after pill.

The judge ruled the government must make the morning after pill, or Plan B One-Step, available over the counter to young girls 16 years and younger.

The decision overturns Health and Human Services Secretary decision to not make the pill available to anyone under 17 without a prescription.

The ruling shocked pro-life advocates in Jefferson County.

"I think it's absolutely criminal to say 10, 11, 12, 13-year-old girls can go into a pharmacy and pickup those pills," pro-life activist Jim Pinto said.

This week the Alabama Legislature approved tighter regulations for abortion clinics in Alabama. Pro-choice advocates believe this was an attempt toward ending abortions in the state.

Birmingham Representative Pat Todd said the demand for the morning after pill could increase if that happens. Todd said the state should move to create better sex education and to make contraceptives available.

"We have seen an increase in teen pregnancy that costs the state money. I don't know why were aren't serious about looking at that access to birth control and evidence-based sexual health education," Todd said.

Meanwhile, Pinto believes the federal court ruling could lead to dire consequences for young girls.

"The long term effects of hormones have been proven. These little girls when they are in there, who will be fearful they may be pregnant, will be popping these things like they are M&M's," Pinto said.

It's going to be up the federal Food and Drug Administration if they want to appeal this ruling. Pinto hopes someone appeals because he wants to see the case go the Supreme Court.

Copyright 2013 WBRC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 3:04 AM EDT2018-05-21 07:04:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...More >>
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.More >>
  • School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 3:03 AM EDT2018-05-21 07:03:35 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
  • 'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:11:39 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 2:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 06:52:49 GMT
    (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...(Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

    More >>

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly