06.21.133:47 PM ET

Plan B Takes Next Step

The FDA officially approves bill that would allow any woman to get the emergency contraceptive.

It’s official: The FDA approved the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step without a prescription for women of all ages to purchase. It is unclear when it will become available over-the-counter. Plan B One-Step works best taken within three days after unprotected sexual intercourse. And obviously, it will not stop a pregnancy if a woman is already pregnant. On April 5, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled that emergency contraception should be available to women of all ages, calling the FDA’s age restrictions “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.” Then, on June 13, a federal judge approved the age-restrictions removal, which expedited today’s approval. Other morning-after pills Plan B and Ella will still have prescription restrictions.