Plan B over-the-counter ruling drawing controversy
The FDA has made Plan B-One Step, known as the "morning after pill," much easier to get, and at an even younger age. The decision to make the pill available over the counter has generated controversy and strong opinions on both sides of the pregnancy prevention debate.
"I'm definitely for preventing pregnancy," said Chrissy Hunter.
"I think it just advocates having intercourse at an early age, to be honest with you," said David Jordan.
Regardless of what side of the debate you fall on, Plan B-One Step is getting a lot easier to buy. It will soon be available to any woman as young as 15 with no prescription and no questions.
"I think that is a very good thing. I guess I should have been probably getting a Plan B. I'm pregnant now, so now they sell it over the counter," said Tanisha Bell.
Bell says she wishes she had known about Plan B. She's carrying a baby now that she says wasn't planned and believes women even as young as 15 should have options.
"I think it's better than abortion," she said.
The move from behind the counter is designed to make everything easier. Instead of having to ask for it or run the risk of the pharmacy being closed when you need it. As long as you're 15 or older, you can walk in, grab it off the shelf, check out and go.
"It's a progestin. When ingested, it will delay or inhibit ovulation," said Dr. John Stutsman, IU School of Medicine.
Stutsman is an OB/GYN with the IU School of Medicine and has studied these forms of birth control extensively. He says this pill does not terminate a pregnancy or even disrupt fertilization. It delays the egg from ever coming out to begin with. He also says there are plenty of legitimate reasons a woman of any age might buy this drug.
"Such as if there was an interruption in their current method of contraception, such as if the condom broke or diaphragm dislodged, forgot to take her pill," said Dr. Stutsman.
Anna Ezelle says she's fine with a responsible adult taking the pill.
"If you're not being responsible, I don't think it's such a great idea," she said.
Stutsman says he'd also have no problem recommending the pill for a 15-year-old, but would hope she had enough of a rapport with her parents to include them in the conversation first.
Finally, it's important to distinguish between the Plan B-One Step and another Plan B two-dose version that still requires a prescription and is available to women age 17 and up.