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Emergency contraception (a.k.a. EC, ECP, "Morning After" Pill)

Developments during the year 2007

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Developments during 2007:

bullet2007-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 states:

"If the court accepts the parliamentariansí 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 Ė and to rape survivors throughout Chile Ė will no longer be available to anyone, regardless of her age or circumstances."¬†1

bullet2007-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 details.
bullet2007-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:
bullet57% of pharmacies in rural areas stocked EC.
bullet64.3% of pharmacies in urban areas stocked EC.
bullet11% only dispense EC if the client has a prescription, even though EC is supposed to be available over the counter.
bulletNearly two-thirds of the pharmacists surveyed said they did not know EC was effective up to 72 hours after intercourse.
bulletPrices for EC ranged from $20 to $500. 4 More information.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Angela Heimburger, et al., "On the pill: Emergency Contractption in Chile," Human Rights Watch, 2007-MAY-16, at: http://hrw.org/
  2. Text of H.R. 2596 is at: http://thomas.loc.gov/
  3. Text of S. 1555 is at: http://thomas.loc.gov/
  4. "Access to Emergency Contraception in North Carolina Pharmacies," NARAL-NC, 2007-JUN-06, at:  http://www.prochoicenorthcarolina.org/

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Copyright © 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Created: 2006-FEB-18
Latest update: 2007-JUN-22
Author: B.A. Robinson

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