TAKE A STAND FOR EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION!
On May 6, 2004, the FDA decided not to approve over-the-counter availability for Emergency Contraception ("EC"). This is an egregious assault against the reproductive health of women. Given the strong scientific evidence and unprecedented medical consensus supporting making EC available over the counter, this decision is unjustifiable.
Emergency Contraception is a time-sensitive treatment. If taken within 72 hours, it reduces the risk of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. The sooner a woman takes it, the better it works. Requiring a prescription for EC is a proven barrier for some women to get this back-up birth control method in time. EC helps reduce unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion.