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Emergency Contraception (EC)

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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 significantly reduce 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 has approved certain EC medications for over-the-counter sale to individuals of all ages. 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 Measures

24 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, RI, SC, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI.

  • 18 states and the District of Columbia have laws that improve sexual-assault survivors’ access to EC in hospitals: AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, IL, MA, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, WA, WI.
  • 9 states allow specially trained pharmacists to provide EC to a woman without a prescription: AK, CA, HI, ME, MA, NH, NM, VT, WA.
  • 6 states provide Medicaid coverage of over-the-counter EC: IL, MD, NM, OR, WA, WI.
View a map of all states with Emergency Contraception (EC).

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