From the New York Times:
...The government’s decision means that any woman or girl will soon be able to walk into a drugstore and buy the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription.
The Justice Department had been fighting to prevent that outcome, but said late Monday afternoon that it would accept its losses in recent court rulings and begin putting into effect a judge’s order to have the Food and Drug Administration certify the drug for nonprescription use. In a letter to Judge Edward R. Korman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the administration said it would comply with his demands.
The Justice Department appears to have concluded that it might lose its case with the appeals court and would have to decide whether to appeal to the Supreme Court. That would drastically elevate the debate over the politically delicate issue for Mr. Obama.~...The drug prevents conception if taken within 72 hours after sexual intercourse...
I specifically included that last line because some people - primarily those against abortion - are under the misconception (no pun intended) that this pill is essentially an abortion pill. They are wrong. Even if you believe that life begins at conception, the pill stops conception. If there is no conception, there is no life. If there is no life, there is nothing to abort.