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Department of Justice files morning-after pill appeal

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Posted at 6:57 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 21:03:12-04

By CNN Staff

(CNN) — The Justice Department filed an appeal Wednesday over a federal judge’s ruling that directed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make emergency contraception available to females of all ages without a prescription.

The move comes one day after the FDA announced that it had approved the availability of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for females ages 15 and older.

In April, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, ordered the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available to women of any age, without a prescription. Tuesday’s FDA announcement, which pertains to an application from Teva Women’s Health, Inc., is not related to that, the FDA said.