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Local parents react to morning-after pill access

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A federal judge's decision to lift the age restriction on the morning-after pill worries some North Texas parents.

The move makes Plan B One-Step and its generic versions available to women of any age. Before, only women and girls aged 17 and older could get the emergency contraception without a prescription.

One Southlake mom hates the idea of her 13-year-old taking the pill to prevent pregnancy without her knowledge.

"I don't agree with it," Allison Fullmer, a mother of four, said. "I would be really sad because she's just not mature enough to understand really what that means."

Religious-based groups have similar concerns.

"I think we are just going to go further down the path of sending the wrong message to our teens about what type of behavior is appropriate for their age, and the type of actions that they should be taking as a result of that behavior," Becky Visosky, Catholic Pro-Life Committee, said. "They are endangering themselves and possibly the life of an unborn child."

But Planned Parenthood and groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America are celebrating the ruling. In a statement, NARAL says it "applauds" the decision and "believes that all women should have improved access to all methods of preventing pregnancy, regardless of age."

Cindy Petrie, a mother of four, agrees.

"I think it's a wonderful decision because not all girls are lucky enough to talk to their parents about a decision that needs to be made," Petrie said, "and so they're able to see to it themselves if they need to."

The judge gave the federal government 30 days to lift the age restriction on the pill.

The government has not said if it will appeal the decision.

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