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June 5, 2013

Emergency Contraception Finally Made Available Over the Counter

Second Circuit Orders FDA to Make Two-Pill Emergency Contraception Available to All

Washington, D.C. – Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, welcomed today’s news that lifts restrictions on over-the-counter emergency contraception (EC) and makes the medication more accessible to all women.

“Science has shown that emergency contraception is safe for women of all ages and can help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies,” Hogue said. “I’m pleased the Second Circuit has recognized this and ordered the FDA to begin making two-pill emergency contraceptives available over the counter.”

Imposing medically unnecessary age restrictions on EC creates numerous problems. Hogue said women in a range of situations—including survivors of rape or incest—shouldn’t be forced to jump through unnecessary hoops to use EC.

“We, like most people, hope our young loved ones will come to us first in critical situations like an unintended pregnancy, but that is often not the case, and the government’s job is to put the safety of young women first," Hogue continued. “Leading experts like the American Academy of Pediatrics confirm this medication is safe and should be available for women of all ages. The FDA should comply with the court’s directive without delay.”

Please find additional information about emergency contraception, including ways it can help prevent teen pregnancy, on our website.

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