Okla. House panel passes morning-after pill limits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma House committee has passed legislation requiring persons under 17 to have a prescription to purchase the so-called morning-after pill.

The House Public Health Committee voted 7-3 for the Senate-passed measure Tuesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

The bill requires persons younger than 17 to have a doctor's prescription before they can purchase the emergency contraceptive. It is similar to a measure that was struck down as unconstitutional by an Oklahoma County judge in January. The federal government has approved unrestricted over-the-counter access to the emergency contraceptive.

Supporters of the legislation say it would limit access to the morning-after pill to those under 17. Opponents say it would lead to more unwanted pregnancies among teenage girls.

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House Bill 1219: http://bit.ly/1kpRoLI

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