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FDA lowers age to buy emergency contraceptives to 15

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, the FDA lowered the age at which females can buy emergency contraceptive without a prescription to 15-years-old.

In addition, it will be kept on drugstore shelves next to the contraceptives.

In response to the change, local parents expressed some concerns about the accessibility.

"From a parent's point of view, to know my daughter or anyone's daughter could go somewhere at such a young age and get things done, and you don't know," Lisa Burrell said.

Burrell was not alone.

"I'd be afraid that some girls will use it as a form of birth control as opposed to what they should be doing," Dewitt Potts added.

Local college students have a different point of view, however.

Valerie Sheehan and Kristen Kelly are both juniors in college and said when they were in high school, they knew girls who were under 18 who could access the morning after pill through older friends.

"If you don't use that then you're going to have to face a lot of bigger issues at that point," Sheehan said.

"I think it's going to prevent being pregnant and being a teen mom when they're not capable of raising a baby because they're still babies themselves," Kelly added.

One thing people do agree on is the conversation with teens needs to begin at home - not just about the morning after pill, but about sexual activity in general.

"Parents should be parents," Potts said. "They shouldn't be friends to their kids; they should teach their kids right from wrong."

"It all goes back to your parents and what their views are, and hopefully parents are talking to their kids about things like this," another college student added.

A federal judge made the ruling this past month and gave the FDA 30 days to act.

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