TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A New York federal judge has loosened restrictions for girls of all ages to have access to the "morning-after pill."
It's considered a major ruling in the realm of pregnancy prevention, but it also has some north Mississippians deeply concerned.
"I'm actually scared because I have a 13 year old, and I'm scared if she were ever to be [sexually] active, that she would be able to get the medicine, just like nothing," Calhoun City resident Sylvia Reyna said. "That's not right. I'm against it."
That's the core concern that many parents have when told of a Friday ruling which opens the door for all ages to have access to the "morning-after pill."
The decision also makes Plan B and its variants over-the-counter medications, with no prescription required.
"It's gonna give the young teenagers an idea that it's okay to go out and have sex with whoever they want to, because they know they're gonna have this pill to back them up," Shannon resident Janice Dyer said.
As you might expect, there's no shortage of opinions on the ruling.
The president of the Center for Reproductive Rights applauded the decision.
"Women all over the country will no longer face arbitrary delays and barriers just to get emergency contraception," Nancy Northup told NBC News.
However, there are other reasons why many are wary of the new requirements which take effect in 30 days.
"We believe when it comes to issues of sexual choice and particularly when it comes to an issue as important as abortion -- which [I believe] the 'morning-after pill' [does] -- that's a critical time for a teenage girl to have access to the wisdom, the council and the guidance of their parents," American Family Association Director of Issue Analysis Bryan Fischer said.
In essence, Fischer says the Friday ruling takes the parents out of the equation.
Others are worried it might serve to provide a quick fix to something they say is a very important decision.
"[For] young girls who come into our clinic at Parkgate, there's one common denominator, and that's fear," Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic Executive Director Jima Alexander said. "A lot of them are afraid that they're pregnant. They're afraid of what it means."
And that makes them vulnerable to making rash decisions quickly, Alexander adds. She runs a free clinic which provides counseling to pregnant mothers.
Will the ruling stand? Hard to say at this point, though the Food and Drug Administration says the legal matter is ongoing.
In December 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came out in favor of age restrictions on the "morning-after pill."
It remains to be seen how many lawmakers in Washington will stand behind the Friday decision.