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April 30, 2013 / Press Releases

FDA Takes a “Half-Step” on Emergency Contraception Accessibility; NARAL Pro-Choice America Calls for Full Implementation of Judge’s Ruling

April 30, 2013


Following is the statement of Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the decision of the FDA to approve the sale of a brand of emergency contraception to women age 15 or older:

“This approval is a half-step in the right direction. Unfortunately, it falls short of the recent court decision on emergency contraception and leaves in place barriers that could still block many women from accessing this medication in a timely manner. This compromise doesn’t address the reality that not every woman has a photo ID – especially women in urban areas who may not drive and women age 15 and 16. 

“The science on this issue is sound: making emergency contraception available to women of all ages would reduce unintended pregnancies and as a result keep more women in control of their own futures. Today’s decision does make some progress because women would be able to gain access to the medication without pleading their case to a pharmacist. Unfortunately, women are still required to show photo ID to complete the purchase.

“We hope the Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA fully implement the ruling of Judge Korman and make emergency contraception available to all women.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


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