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Plan B Controversy

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By Clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Food and Drug Administration was ordered to lift age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraceptives, making it available without a prescription for those under 17.

Tamara Tosh, a licensed nurse in Jackson, said cutting doctors out of the equation is a recipe for disaster.

"It's really not safe," said Tosh. :You don know whats going on in your body. You need to be under the care of a doctor and it's just unsafe for a person."

Other West Tennesseans feel the same way.

"That shouldn't be right" said Marcellous Bond. "You should always go to the doctor to get your medication."

The changes not only lifts the age restriction, but it could move the pill from behind pharmacy counters to drugstore shelves.

"When a woman fears she might become pregnant after her contraceptive has failed or she has had unprotected sex, she needs fast access to emergency contraception, not delays at the pharmacy counter," said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in a statement.

The Obama administration, along with many others, disagree.

"I don't think no nine year old should be getting 'it'," said Bond. "That's for one thing cause they aren't even grown."

Currently, the emergency contraceptive will be made available over the counter within the next thirty days.