JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- A federal judge in New York ruled Friday to make the morning-after pill available to girls of all ages without a prescription.
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of Brooklyn said his order must be carried out within 30 days. Korman said the case is not about potential misuse of the pill by younger girls.
The pill also known as "Plan B" works up to 72 hours after intercourse.
"I think it's a travesty. I think it's very sad," said Jonesboro resident, Jenny Sullivan.
"I have a 16-year-old daughter and the idea that someone other than a parent could provide orcould take her to a location that could provide such a thing sickens me andbreaks my heart," she said.
But not everyone shared Jenny's reaction.
"It should be available," said Freda Ishmael. "We have too many illegitimate babies now, too many girls on benefits that willprobably never advance, most of them so I'm all for it."
The order came in response to a lawsuit by the Center forReproductive Rights that was looking to expand access to all brands of the morningafter pill. Matthew Rollins is a fatherand said he is on the fence about providing the pill.
"On one hand I sayyes because they're so many young ladies who are getting pregnant and forsome that messes up their whole life," he said.
But Rollins said some of the responsibility should fall onthe parents.
"At the same time, I think the parents should teach theirdaughters so that even if they do make the mistake, they will at least havesome idea of what's going to be involved if they do get pregnant," Rollins said.
We also posted the question on our Facebook page and got alot of different responses. Somecomments support the order saying teaching abstinence is not effective andgives teens the chance to stop a pregnancy before it happens.
Others felt thepill would be used as a form of birth control and parents should be involved. Arkansas State University student Latroya Landon said she sees both sides of the argument.
"I feel both sides," she said. "I say yes because 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds, that would keep them from getting pregnant and having it at a youngage and I say no because I feel like they would feel as if they could have sexwhenever they want to."
ASU student Micah Odom said she thinks this order will cause a lot ofyoung girls to have unprotected sex.
"I think it's a really bad idea, it increases the risks ofSTDs because people feel as though they can just take the pill after havingunprotected sex so they don't have to use a condom anymore," Odom said.
If the ruling is unchallenged, the order will go into effect in 30 days. A recent bill filedin Missouri would give pharmacies theright to refuse to stock certain drugs, including emergency contraception.