2007-MAY-16: Chile: Legislators trying to obtain EC injuction: A
group of Chilean parliamentarians is attempting to obtain an injunction from the
Constitutional Court to prevent the Ministry of Health's National Guidelines on
Fertility Regulation from being applied. They want EC, IUD and some birth
control medication to be removed from the guidelines. La Nacion newspaper
"If the court accepts the parliamentarians’ faulty reasoning it will
have a drastic effect on emergency contraceptive services. The pills,
the IUDs, the routine oral contraceptives currently available in public
hospitals, private clinics and pharmacies – and to rape survivors
throughout Chile – will no longer be available to anyone, regardless of
her age or circumstances." 1
2007-JUN-06: USA: Bill to assure availability of contraceptives
introduced: Representative Carolyn
Maloney (D-NY) introduced the "Access to Birth Control" (ABC) bill in the House
as H.R. 2596. 2
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the same bill to the Senate as S.
1555. 3 If passed and signed
into law by the president, it would require pharmacists to fill prescriptions
for contraceptives, and adult requests for emergency
contraception. Some pharmacists have been refusing to dispense these
medications because of their religious beliefs. More
2007-JUN-20: NC: 40% of pharmacies in North Carolina do not stock EC:
Researchers contacted 583 community pharmacies -- those not located in hospitals
and rehabilitation centers, trying to include at least one pharmacy in each of
the state's ZIP codes. They found extensive ignorance of EC among many
pharmacists, and many roadblocks to women's access to EC:
57% of pharmacies in rural areas stocked EC.
64.3% of pharmacies in urban areas stocked EC.
11% only dispense EC if the client has a prescription, even though EC is
supposed to be available over the counter.
Nearly two-thirds of the pharmacists surveyed said they did not know EC was
effective up to 72 hours after intercourse.