Days after a reversal from the Obama administration, which now opens the door for the morning-after pill to be sold to women and girls of any age, a New York City judge has ruled the government can make the pills available over the counter.
Judge Edward Korman warned the Food and Drug Administration must approve the sales without delay or face further litigation in the fight over the emergency contraceptives.
The legal battle has dragged on for years as the government had argued some age limits were appropriate.
But women's rights groups have said the drug should be as easy to get as aspirin.
Opponents include the Catholic League and other groups against abortion.
They say making the drug available to girls under 18 would undermine their parents' rights.