Plan B, the controversial "morning after pill," was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over the counter sale on August 24, 2006. Plan B is a market name for an emergency contraception. It is to be used within 72 hours after unprotected sex or when contraception is compromised, such as a broken condom. The passed law allowed anyone over the age of 18 to obtain emergency contraceptives from a pharmacy without a prescription of a doctor. This mean over the counter availability will help any woman over the age of 18 who needs to use an emergency contraceptive, but cannot find a doctor to write a prescription. However, this approval by the FDA may cause problems for teenage girls, those who are 18 year of age and younger.
The abortion debate has been going on around in United States for several years between the federal and states.
During this year, the Supreme Court lost two advocates, the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor. This gave Bush administration the advantages to change the balance on the court to favor against abortion. Due to this, there was a delay in the decision for the FDA to allow the emergency contraceptive, "morning after pill," to be over the counter sale.