NARAL Pro-Choice America

Shortcut Navigation:

Get Email Updates


Donate now to protect women’s access to birth control

Anti-choice extremists are committed to restricting access to birth control. Your gift will help us make sure women get the access they need.

Donate Now

Emergency Contraception (EC)

Take Action

NO shutdowns. NO cuts to Planned Parenthood or other vital programs.

Extremist U.S. senators have already started talking about shutting down the government over their crusade to destroy Planned Parenthood. Make sure Congress knows this is unacceptable

Stand with Planned Parenthood

Anti-choice members of Congress are already preparing legislation to try to use these phony videos to justify a wave of new attacks on reproductive freedom. Planned Parenthood needs to know we’ve got their back.

Featured Efforts

Fighting discrimination in Washington D.C.

For the first time in 23 years, anti-choice members of Congress, led by Ted Cruz, are trying to overturn two non-discrimination laws passed by the D.C. City Council. 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 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).

Bookmark and Share

©2015 NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation   Copyright Information