The real divide in the debate over EC is between those who support the well-being of teenage girls, and those who pursue an anti-choice and anti-contraception agenda so inflexible that it hinders its own aims.
The first ever advertisement for a morning-after pill aired on television in the UK, despite arguments against the ad from an anti-choice group.
The AP is reporting that a government health official says the Food and Drug Administration will allow 17-year-olds to get the ‘morning-after’ birth control pill without a doctor’s prescription.
Sales of Plan B have doubled since it became available OTC and surveys show most major pharmacy chains are now stocking it. Yet myths about EC are still prevalent and very real barriers to access remain.
On Monday, a U.S. District Court found that the FDA bowed to political pressure from the Bush administration in its 2006 decision to limit access to emergency contraception without prescription to women aged 18 and older.
Over-the-counter access to emergency contraception enabled me to access the drug when I most needed it.
In politicized fights over reproductive health care services, the voices of women who need the care often get lost. For this year’s Back Up Your Birth Control Day, we bring you the stories of the two women who needed emergency contraception.
If faith-based providers want to convince us that they’re interested in the dignity of their patients, they need to stop the war on medicine.
The FDA, under Dr. Margaret Hamburg’s leadership, should take a fresh look at the agency’s over-the-counter policy on Plan B to ensure that the policy is based on medical evidence, not ideology. Update 3/24/09: Court rules in favor of evidence!
I have long mourned the death of science in the emergency contraception debate.