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U.S. to Drop Plan B Limits

The U.S. government is stepping down on its attempt to block over-the-counter access to a morning-after contraceptive pill for women and girls of all ages. The Justice Department had been trying to appeal a judge's order to allow anyone to purchase the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription. The decision appears to be based on a conclusion that the government might lose the sensitive case on appeal and would have to take it to the Supreme Court. The FDA said in a statement that once the pill comes up for approval, it will be approved "promptly."