Great day in FDA history...morning after pills goes over the counter for people older than 16. I thought we might have a (hopefully non-heated) discussion about it! I know a helluva lot about the topic. I worked for some time as a translator in a county health clinic in Richond, VA doing family planning and prenatal care, then moved back down to Raleigh and began working at Planned Parenthood. The benefits of morning after pills going OTC are overwhelming. Cost has always been a big issue. We used to joke at Planned Parenthood that people don't stop having sex on saturdays. i.e. when the morning after is a sunday, you can find yourself at a hospital or urgent care center, with a very big bill if you don't have insurance, or if you can't use insurance because you don't want your parents to know. Widespread availablity of emergency contraceptives will no doubt lead to a decrease in the number of unwanted pregnancies, and hopefully, a drop in the number of abortions. That particular issue has become entirely bastardized by politics over the last few years. Liberals and conservatives alike should be on the same side when it comes to OTC birth control. Liberals like it on principle, and conservatives like it because it should mean fewer abortions. But for some reason, the political right has decided to tie contraception and abortion together, greatly complicating the issue. That debate is really a wash, but I thought I might bring it up anyway. There are some cons to OTC EC, however. I've known a lot of people who have used EC several times, and there have been no studies demonstrating any physiological problems associatied with near routine use of EC (after all, it's just a very high dose of monophasic birth control). The problem here, then, isn't physical, it becomes a question of education and options, really. We all know that there are "better" ways to control unwanted pregnancies than taking EC every time that you have sex. Having EC over the counter means that people who take it aren't presented with information about the alternatives. For example, at PP (planned parenthood), when someone would come in for EC, we'd give them a prescription, with a couple refills. If, after that, they came back for more EC, we'd counsel them; talk to them about the pill, encourage them to get a pap-smear, etc. People coming into the clinic in order to get EC really was a fantastic opportunity for us to counsel them on women's health and other means of contraception. It does bother me to some extent that we really won't have that opportunity anymore. Anyway, feel free to add to this conversation. Just thought I'd share my thoughts on the topic.