updated 12/13/2011 5:07:26 PM ET 2011-12-13T22:07:26

A federal judge in New York City says he's willing to hear arguments over whether the Food and Drug Administration should have to allow the over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception to girls younger than 17.

Judge Edward Korman on Tuesday told the Center for Reproductive Rights to file the appropriate legal motions in the case.

The organization and other groups have argued that contraceptives are being held to a different and non-scientific standard than other drugs and that politics has played a role in decision making. Social conservatives have said the pill is tantamount to abortion.

Tuesday's hearing comes a week after the federal government announced that it would block the over-the-counter sale of the anti-pregnancy drug to sexually active girls under age 17.

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