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Locals react to FDA ruling on Plan B

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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)- Soon, emergency contraception will be available to even younger women.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its decision Tuesday to allow Plan B One Step emergency contraception to be sold to women as young as 15 years old over the counter. The change begins next week.

This means that with identification, people 15 and older will be able to purchase it at a local drug store without a prescription.

Doctors told WVVA this could help cut down on unintended teen pregnancy, and maybe help improve the teens' futures.

Dr. Coy Flowers, M.D. at the Greenbrier Physicians Clinic said, "In West Virginia, when you know that 1 in 7 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 will become pregnant, I think that [we need to discuss] all the options out there... seriously."

But others in the community said they don't like the new age requirement.

Carol Whitt said, "At age 15 [with Plan B] you're giving them the right to have sex without any consequence."

But she added, with teens sex should mean a conversation between parent and child. "The parents should talk to the children before [15]," she said.

The FDA ruling only applies to Plan B One Step, not generic versions of the pill.

Doctors tell WVVA it is important to note that taking Plan B does not end a pregnancy-- it is only preventative, much like regular birth control.

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