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11 Pro-Choice Successes of 2013

There were a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year.

Though 2013 might have brought an array of new abortion restrictions and other setbacks for reproductive rights, there were also a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year. The staff of RH Reality Check notes some of the top pro-choice successes of 2013.

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‘Morning-After Pill Brigade’ Protests for Better Emergency Contraception Access

NWL organizer Lydia Devine holds Plan B One-Step, which is locked in a large plastic case. Standing next to her is organizer Allison Guttu.

A “roving band of feminists” took to the streets, or rather the aisles, in New York City Saturday to protest pharmacies that restrict over-the-counter access to Plan B.

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Another Reason to Celebrate Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception: It Helps Reduce Stigma

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The shame and stigma around emergency contraception, and all reproductive health care for that matter, all too often deter those who need reproductive care the most from accessing it.

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Health Care in Our Hands: Celebrating a Decade of Work to Get Emergency Contraception on Store Shelves

August 1 is the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act regulation requiring no cost-coverage of women’s preventive services—including contraception—going into effect. Now we can also celebrate the fact that Plan B One-Step is finally on store shelves across the country.

August 1 is the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act regulation requiring no cost-coverage of women’s preventive services—including contraception—going into effect. Now we can also celebrate the fact that Plan B One-Step is finally on store shelves across the country.

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10 Reasons Why the Obama Administration Is Wrong on Emergency Contraception

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Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.

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Obama Administration Throws Science and Public Health Out the Window in Appeal of Plan B Ruling

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The Obama administration announced it was appealing a federal court order that lifted age-restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception.

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For Informed Consent, Don’t Forget the IUD as EC

Doctors cannot restrict the treatments they mention to only those that they themselves offer. And yet this is what often happens with emergency contraception. Women are not told about the most effective option.  

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Government-Issued IDs: A Barrier to the Vote, A Barrier to Emergency Contraception

The use of a government issued ID to suppress the rights of “undesirable” communities is not just limited to voting rights, but is also a barrier for access to over-the-counter emergency contraception.

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Emergency Contraception Should Be Available Over The Counter. And You Can Make That Happen

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Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called for access to emergency contraception over-the-counter. We need to send a clear signal to Secretary Sebelius that women’s reproductive health and medical science should be the driving force behind public policy. Sign the petition being launched by a broad coalition of medical professionals and advocates today urging Secretary Sebelius to revisit the evidence and remove the restrictions.

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