Use Of The Morning After Pill Is Up

02.14.13 | Sarah Harnisch

One in nine women say they have used the morning after pill, according to the government's first study on the pill since it was approved 15 years ago. It's available to anyone over 17 without a prescription. In a non-government study taken in 2006, 11 percent of women had used this pill, meaning use is up 4 percent in just a few years. The morning after pill prevents pregnancy from occurring if taken within a few days after intercourse. Supporters say it works the same way as an extra-strength pill. Opponents say it is the same as an abortion, because the egg can get fertilized.