Here is a $12 billion problem we really can actually go a long way towards eliminating.
The GOP platform committee did not amend language from the 2004 and 2008 GOP platforms, which “assert the sanctity of human life,” and provide no exceptions to abortion in any case whatsoever. The committee add language opposing drugs such as mifepristone, but members agreed that this platform amendment did not apply to EC.
The church tries to clarify its own position on rape, but leaves things even more confusing.
One in three native women will be raped in her lifetime. One activist wants to ensure they have access to emergency contraception just in case.
In practice, pharmacists are enforcing de facto age restrictions on access to emergency contraception even for women well over the age of 17.
Heeding the numerous studies that note that emergency contraception shows no eveidence of working by impeding implantation of a fertilized egg, the FDA has changed the online drug description.
For the past two years, the Etter Health Center at Shippensburg University, a small-town Pennsylvania school, has provided access to a vending machine that dispenses Plan B One-Step® (among other health products) to students at a cost of $25. While politicians and political elites continue to get their knickers in a twist over contraception, it is heartening to see some public health experts who just get it.
In the years ahead, Advocates will continue to be a dynamic leader in promoting the rights of youth to information, education, and services. I am deeply committed to our current, innovative work expanding adolescent access to contraception domestically and internationally; fighting homophobia in schools and communities across the United States; and using our policy work on the Hill and with the administration to advance the goals of our state and local partners.
One of the most difficult things to do is tell a friend that we are disappointed or upset with them, but that is what we are doing here today.
Sadly, only about a quarter of the relevant agencies have developed scientific integrity policies as required under White House guidelines and publicly released them.