12/07/2011 12:59 EST | Updated 02/06/2012 05:12 EST

HHS says no to younger teens getting morning-after pill without prescription

WASHINGTON - In a surprise move with election-year implications, the Obama administration's top health official overruled her own drug regulators and stopped the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.

The decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius means the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive will remain behind pharmacy counters, as it is sold today