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Emergency Contraception (EC)

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Anti-choice candidates didn’t win by running on their beliefs – they won by running on ours. Tell them they'll be held accountable if they support any attacks on our reproductive freedom.

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There's a bill in Congress that would require hospital emergency rooms to offer EC to rape survivors. Help us send a powerful message to Congress that pregnancy prevention for rape survivors should be a priority.

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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 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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