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Emergency Contraception (EC)

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Call Your Senators: Support "Not My Boss' Business" Act

The Senate will hold a vote on the bill to fix the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case on Wednesday. Call your senators now!

How Did Your Senators Vote?

Find out how your senators voted on the "Not My Boss' Business" Act, which would correct the mistake the Supreme Court made in its Hobby Lobby decision.

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Supreme Court Cases on Birth-Control Coverage

Bosses at Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, two for-profit companies, oppose birth control and didn't want their health plan to cover it. Their suit went all the way to the Supreme Court, and, unfortunately, they won. Learn More »

What is emergency contraception, and why is it important to women's health?

Emergency contraception (EC), often referred to as the “morning-after” pill, is birth control that can reduce significantly a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant if taken soon after sex. EC can prevent a pregnancy before it occurs; it has no effect on an existing pregnancy. (It is not the abortion pill commonly known as RU 486.) It may be used when other birth-control methods fail or in cases when birth control is not used, such as when a woman is sexually assaulted. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain EC medications for over-the-counter sale to individuals of all ages, and in 2010, approved a new emergency contraceptive, ella®, for prescription-only sale. Unfortunately, many women do not know about the benefits of EC, and anti-choice groups have fought efforts to improve access to it.

Current State Laws

22 states and the District of Columbia have laws and/or policies that improve women’s access to EC: AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, SC, UT, VT, WA, WI.

  • 17 states and the District of Columbia have laws that improve sexual-assault survivors’ access to EC or information about EC in hospitals: AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, IL, MA, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, SC, UT, WA, WI.
  • 9 states allow specially trained pharmacists to provide EC to a woman of any age without a prescription: AK, CA, HI, ME, MA, NH, NM, VT, WA.
  • 8 states provide Medicaid coverage of over-the-counter EC: HI, IL, MD, NJ, NM, NY, OR, WA.

2013 Enacted State Legislation

1state enacted 1 law improving sexual-assault survivors’ access to EC or information about EC in hospitals: HI.

View a map of all states with Emergency Contraception (EC).

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