Apr 5, 2013 6:48 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - A New York federal judge has ordered the FDA to make the so-called 'morning after pill' available over the counter for women of all ages. But this controversial decision caused some parents and pro-life organizations to fire back.
Federal Judge Edward Korman calls the restrictions currently placed on the morning after pill "arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable." But some local parents don't agree, saying the law is in place to protect children.
"I don't think that's right, at any age, no. As an adult, that's a different story as a child under 17 I don't think they are capable of making that decision," says mother of three Analiza Ramirez.
Ramirez already gave "the talk" about the birds and the bees to her three children, but feels kids don't always understand impact it can have on their life.
"It's not safe like it's not only coming out pregnant I mean there is a lot of consequences in having sex not only pregnancy. By them legalizing this pill for any age is just encouraging the girls," says Ramirez.
Currently only women 17 years and older are able to buy it without a prescription. The ruling comes after reproductive rights groups took the FDA to court to drop the restrictions. Many local pro life organizations worry about the impact this ruling could have on women nationally. Corpus Christi Hope House offers an alternative to mothers thinking about abortions. It's executive director Melissa Juarez believes children under 17 simply aren't capable to make this type of decision.
"Yes, they should know that stuff, but I think making their decision to go out and buy this on their own? No, they should not," says Juarez.
The judge is giving the FDA 30 days to comply with his ruling. The Department of Justice has not said if it will appeal the ruling.