Obama Will Not Challenge Morning-After Pill Sales to Teens

White House gives in on over-the-counter sale of the birth-control drug to girls younger than 17.
1:28 | 06/11/13

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Now, to the reversal for president obama, on a major issue of women's health. The government is dropping its efforts to prevent the sale of morning-after contraceptive pills over the counter. Any woman or girl, even young teens, can buy the pills without a prescription. John, the obama administration's been trying to stop the sale of these pills to teens under 15. Why the switch? Reporter: George, the switch is here is because the courts forced the administration's hand on this. The president said two years ago, as the father of young girls, he opposed the sale of this drug owithout restriction to girls under 17. But the court allowed the drugs to be sold without prescription. And the administration faced the choice. Challenge that ruling again. It would have been a battle against some of the administration's closest allies. And a battle that the white house felt they probably would have lost. So, they decided not to fight it anymore and allow this to go through. But they're getting a different kind of blowback from congress from the opponents of this. Reporter: That's right. You know, first of all, you have groups, women's rights groups are applauding this, saying this is a major step forward for reproductive freedom. But conservative groups are slamming this. Conservative senators out there saying this means that young kids can go in and buy this drug as easy as they can buy bubble gum. You can imagine there will be a back and forth on this. But there's no political campaign season. This president is not running for re-election.

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