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Teen advocacy group: "The morning after pill could promote incest."

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A new ruling handed down Friday will allow anyone, no matter the age, to buy the morning after pill without a prescription, over-the-counter. There have been mixed reactions across the board.

For some, it can be disturbing to know a pre-teen can buy a contraception pill along with a bag of skittles; however, Brooklyn Judge Edward Korman said they have that right.

"I disagree with his decision. I don't think it's a good thing for society and definitely for our teenage community," Teens Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions Program Director Marie Slayton said.

TEARS provides support and guidance to both male and female teens all over the Valley. "What we do is prevention education, mentoring, and counseling; including substance abuse counseling as well as sexual abuse," Slayton said.

"I think it's a bad thing for our community because right now our communities are dealing with and almost overwhelmed with more teen issues than we have advocacy groups," Lesa Bunkley B.R.I.D.G.E.S Program Director

Program Director Marie Slayton said thousands of teens seek their help, many dealing with sexual abuse.  Slaytor explained the mass availability of the morning after pill could end up in the wrong hands.

"[Hypothetically] let says the father is molesting his daughter or step daughter. [he] could simply say] well, take the pill; now you don't have to worry about that anymore," Slaytor said. "Now he can continue to molest and possibly not get caught. They can force the child, who's under your roof to take the pill".

A ruling in 2011 required all girls under the age of 17 to have a prescription.

Director of TEARS' shelter for girls "Building Responsible Individuals through Deliberate Guidance, Empowerment and Support" Lesa Bunkley said she's fearful the availability to all ages will promote promiscuity; however, she does agree the morning after pill can be suitable for some.

"I think [the pill is] good when you are older, more mature, and more responsible. But, as an over-the-counter medication, it's not regulated to maturity."

According to Judge Korman's order the morning after pill will be on all shelves by early May.

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