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April 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Plan B restriction overturned

Over-the-counter contraceptives are constitutional right

Federal District Court Judge Edward Korman is to be applauded for overruling politics and affirming science [“Morning-after-pill restriction for young teens is overruled,” front page, April 6]. There will be unintended consequences after making the morning-after-pill (Plan B) over-the-counter for all ages.

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that minors have a constitutional right to purchase over-the-counter contraceptives. Any attempt, by states or local jurisdictions, to limit access to Plan B to persons 18 or older will be declared unconstitutional by the courts.

I’m unaware of any state that prohibits 11-year-olds from purchasing aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc. Furthermore, I believe contraceptive gels and foam should also be over-the-counter products.

Steven L. Kendall, Seattle

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