Reaction mixed on morning-after pill decision

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ann Cruz's mom had her when she was 14 years old.

"With me being adopted and my mother being so young, things could have been different for me," Cruz said.

Cruz may not have been born if the morning-after pill had been available to young teens back then.

But it is now. Emergency contraceptives must now be available over-the-counter to women of all ages.

Planned Parenthood is pleased.

"We think it's a long overdue decision that has been made, and we completely support it, and we completely support any woman of reproductive age to come in and get access to emergency contraceptive," said Katherine Segura, of Planned Parenthood.

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"I had a few scares when I was in high school, and I think taking the emergency contraceptive would have eliminated those scares," Cruz said.

But eMed Primary Care owner Rene Pulido has some concerns about teens taking Plan B at a very young age.

"I think people need to understand that the hormonal balance in our young females is an extremely delicate thing, and sometimes to take this type of medication could throw off that balance and there could be some significant complications that come from that," Pulido said.

Pulido said that's true especially if young people begin to rely on Plan B.

"If someone did not have a complete understanding of how to appropriately use this medication and if they took it multiple times throughout a month, it could be hurtful for them," Pulido said.

Planned Parenthood insists the pill is safe.

"Common misconceptions about emergency contraceptive is that it can be unsafe or it is a medical abortion pill," Segura said. "And emergency contraceptive is none of the above. It's very safe. It's been tested and retested by the (Food and Drug Administration), and they have found no side effects, no harmful long-term side effects."

Pro-life advocates are concerned that the ruling puts girls at risk. The president of the group called Susan B. Anthony List says teen girls need parents, not unfettered access to abortion-inducing drugs.

Cruz can't imagine her kids taking the pill at a young age, but she's glad to know it's an option if something were to happen.

"It didn't occur to me, honestly, but now going forward, if that situation arises, it's there," she said.

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