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Stand Up for Access To Emergency Contraception

Stand Up for Access To Emergency Contraception

On May 1, the Obama administration's Justice Department appealed a court ruling directing the Food and Drug Administration to listen to the recommendations of its own scientists and make emergency contraception—otherwise known as Plan B or the morning after pill—available over-the-counter for all women and girls with no age restrictions.

The appeal comes a day after the FDA announced that they would allow girls ages 15 and older over-the-counter access to the drug if they could show identification proving their age. While a step in the right direction, that age limit imposes an unnecessary barrier on girls under fifteen and makes access difficult or impossible for already marginalized populations, such as the young and undocumented. Delays in optaining emergency contraception can have serious consequences: the drug works best the earlier it is taken and it must be taken within five days of unprotected sex in order to be effective at all. 

The science on emergency contraception is clear. It is safer than many painkillers and cough medicine already sold over the counter and there is ample evidence that young women are capable of taking it safely. While President Obama has spoken eloquently about the right to reproductive healthcare, his administration refuses to lift this clearly political impediment on the health and bodily autonomy of women and girls.

Sign our open letter to President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius imploring them to abide by the federal court ruling and to make emergency contraception available over the counter to women and girls of all ages with no restrictions.

A pharmacy in Toronto

Contraceptives at a pharmacy in Toronto (Flickr/Cory Doctorow) 

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Number Date Name Location
1715 8 months ago Janet Williams Langhorne, PA
1714 8 months ago Anonymous
1713 9 months ago William G Gonzalez Suffern, NY
1712 9 months ago Lily Andrews
1711 9 months ago Jennifer Dockter SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1710 10 months ago Tracy S Troth Pearl, MS 39208-5710
1709 10 months ago Megan McMeans
1708 10 months ago Addie Ward Raleigh, NC Young women should have every chance to establish a successful future for themselves and for our country. Help fight unwanted pregnancies and secure a brighter future for this nation by giving young...
1707 10 months ago Anonymous PA
1706 1 year ago Catherine Anders
1705 1 year ago Robbie Sheehy Turlock, CA
1704 1 year ago Ellen Wasfi Dover, DE
1703 1 year ago CHRISTINE VANHOEK JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY
1702 1 year ago Michael Lewandowski NY, NY
1701 1 year ago Marshall Garvey Sacramento, CA
1700 1 year ago nancy valenti sunnyside, NY fight teen pregnancy by supplying access to birth control. What is more common sense than that?
1699 1 year ago Savannah H NY, NY
1698 1 year ago Evelyn Hess Oakland, CA
1697 1 year ago Dovie Watson
1696 1 year ago Deborah Combs Dayton, OH I support women of all ages having access to emergency contraception and urge you to leave this decision up to the person it affects most: the woman.
1695 1 year ago Nancy Cole Laguna Beach, CA Please forgive the typo on line 3: woman should be women.
1694 1 year ago jen dolan douglaston, NY
1693 1 year ago Bernardo Alayzamujica surquilllo, IA
1692 1 year ago Julia Sisson Lowell, MA
1691 1 year ago Anya Martinez Valparaiso, IN
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