Morning-After Pill

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge is ordering the government to allow 17-year-olds to obtain what's known as the morning-after pill.

The judge in New York says the Food and Drug Administration, during the Bush administration, had let politics get in the way of its judgment. Judge Edward Korman says the FDA had "repeatedly and unreasonably" delayed making a decision on the medication, marketed as Plan B.

The ruling came in a lawsuit seeking wider distribution and access to emergency contraceptives.       The head of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which was among those filing the suit, calls today's ruling "a tremendous victory for all Americans who expect the government to safeguard public health."

The government, in court papers, has said politics played no role in decisions on the drug.

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