LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas parents spoke out Wednesday after the Federal Drug Administration made the One Step Plan B drug accessible to girls aged 15 and over. It will be available to the teens over-the-counter without a prescription or a parent's consent.
"Basically that's giving a child the right to do whatever they want," said Gabrielle White, the parent of an Arkansas teenage girl.
Bettina Brownstein with the American Civil Liberties Union said her organization is pleased with the announcement.
"The pill should be available over-the-counter and to girls and women of any age," said Brownstein.
Sarah Bean with the Arkansas Family Counsel said her organization is not pleased with the announcement.
"It's still a sad decision, and we consider it a setback," said Bean.
Bean believes parents and doctors should assist teens with such an important decision.
"It's not a magic drug. It's not going to end everything. There are consequences," said Bean.
Brownstein said the drug is needed in instances where a teen becomes pregnant as a result of incest or rape, but Bean disagrees.
"If an inner city girl is raped, I'm sure there is a teacher, a preacher, somebody she can talk to," said Bean.