BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Emergency contraception could become an over-the-counter drug that will be available to women of all ages. At Planned Parenthood in Bakersfield, the age restriction would give teenagers easy access to the drug.
"With emergency contraception, there's a time limit that you want to take it so this will lift that barrier and make it available for them immediately. For example, if it's a Sunday, they won't require a prescription that they have to get on Monday and then go and purchase it after that," Noelia Citialin, a registered nurse Planned Parenthood, said.
Some locals feel that abstinence is the only acceptable form of birth control.
"It's wrong. It's just terribly wrong. I would not want my girls to go ahead and have sex ahead of time when they're young and then take the pill afterwards," Cozy Young, a resident, said.
"The morals have gone bad in the last several years. They've gone down hill and when I was a girl, it was a sin to have sex before marriage," Barbara Hodge, a resident, said.
Kern County also has one of the highest teen birthrates in California, averaging about 56 pregnancies per 1,000 girls.
"I think it's a good idea because it will help keep women safe."
"People make mistakes, young people make mistakes, we all do. But let's just not promote it," Young said.
The New York judge who made the decision ordered the Food and Drug Administration to lift all restrictions on the pill within 30 days.