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    U.S. to Drop Plan B Limits

    SAN ANSELMO, CA - APRIL 05:  A package of Plan B contraceptive is displayed at Jack's Pharmacy on April 5, 2013 in San Anselmo, California.  A federal judge in New York City has ordered the Food and Drug Adminstration to make Plan B contraceptive, also known as the morning after pill, available to younger teens without a perscription within 30 days. The judges ruling overturns a December 2011 decision by the FDA to restrict access to the contraceptive to any girl under 17 years of age. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    The U.S. government is stepping down on its attempt to block over-the-counter access to a morning-after contraceptive pill for women and girls of all ages. The Justice Department had been trying to appeal a judge's order to allow anyone to purchase the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription. The decision appears to be based on a conclusion that the government might lose the sensitive case on appeal and would have to take it to the Supreme Court. The FDA said in a statement that once the pill comes up for approval, it will be approved "promptly."

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