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Plan B Contraceptive Available for Young Girls in Washington State

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The FDA recently decided to make the Plan B contraceptive available over the counter and for girls as young as 15-years-old.

The Plan B contraceptive, also known as the morning after pill, will now be available on a pharmacy shelf and for younger girls.

Washington state was a leader in making the medicine available to young girls before the FDA set new nationwide guidelines.

The emergency contraceptive Plan B will now be available on the shelf at your local pharmacy and girls as young as 15 can pick it up.

Four years ago, the FDA approved pharmacists to hand over the drug without a prescription to 17-year-olds, but now it's even more accessible.

Washington is one of nine states that already has legislation that allows women of any age to get Plan B from specially trained pharmacists without a prescription.

We asked some of your friends and neighbors what they think about teens getting access to the pill under the new guidelines.

"If you have to tell a pharmacist you have to have accountability to at least one other person, with the actions, with maybe the choices you're making in your life. If you're not comfortable telling on other person. Maybe you shouldn't be doing those things," said Steffenie Wright. 

"It would be something that they would get from a doctor instead of just making a decision on their own especially if they don't have anyone to talk to," said Wendy Krajnik.

"Instead of us worrying about whether you can get if over the counter or worrying about whether it's a prescription form, we should kind of back it up a little bit and look to examine our basic values and core values as why are we even in this position to begin with," said Jake Carpenter.

While many disagree with the change, Planned Parenthood says the need for the drug is there for that age group.

"This ruling reduces those barriers for young women and the need is there for that and we are in favor of reducing barriers," said Jen Ham, Planned Parenthood.

Under the new FDA guidelines, teens will be required to show their I.D. at the check out counter to prove they are 15-years-old.

Studies show that half of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned and supporters hope this will help change that.

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