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Why Women Need the "Morning-After" Pill

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There are plenty of reasons we should all be thankful that the medical community created emergency contraception (EC) (aka the "morning-after" pill).

I learned about it just after it became available from a good friend, who told me she took it after a condom broke during sex. Several other friends have told me similar stories since. I also think it's great that women who can't take daily hormonal birth-control pills may be able to use EC as a backup to their non-hormonal contraception of choice. And, of course, it's vital that women who are raped can get EC at a hospital. I can't imagine how horrible it would be for a rape survivor to worry about a possible pregnancy on top of the trauma she experienced from the rape itself.

While I haven't used the "morning-after" pill, I'm glad it's there for me if I ever need it. Today, EC is available to women aged 17 and older without a prescription. That means you just have to go up to the pharmacist and ask for it. Since EC is most effective up to five days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, being able to get it without a prescription at pharmacies helps women get the medication quickly. In my opinion, that's pretty amazing. It allows women like me to take control over their own reproductive health, without needing to make an appointment at a clinic or with their doctor. Younger women still need to get a prescription and then find a pharmacist to fill it--sometimes facing barriers to timely access.

No one should be made to feel embarrassed for taking control of their own bodies and their own lives. If you've used EC, or are just grateful it exists in case you need it, you're not alone. Really, if you've had any kind of experience with any kind of reproductive-health care, you're not alone. Hundreds of women have shared their stories with us. After you read some, maybe you'll be inspired to share your own story, too.

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Profoundly Disappointing Decision on Plan B®

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Today, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) overruled a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow medical experts' recommendations and thus remove a restriction on the Plan B® emergency contraceptive.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, expressed her profound disappointment with HHS' decision:

Experts like the American Academy of Pediatrics long ago recommended that this emergency contraceptive medication be available for women of all ages. We had every confidence that this Bush-era policy would come to an end. The Obama administration has broken a key promise to the American people that it would base its decisions on sound science and what's in the best interest of women's health. In short, this is a failure to deliver change.

We expected this kind of action from the Bush administration, so it's doubly disheartening and unacceptable that this administration chose to follow this path. We had a major opportunity to improve young women's access to contraception, which is the best way to reduce the need for abortion, and the Obama administration missed the mark.

Get more on Plan B® on our website.

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Profoundly Disappointing Decision on Plan B®

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Today, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) overruled a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow medical experts' recommendations and thus remove a restriction on the Plan B® emergency contraceptive.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, expressed her profound disappointment with HHS' decision:

Experts like the American Academy of Pediatrics long ago recommended that this emergency contraceptive medication be available for women of all ages. We had every confidence that this Bush-era policy would come to an end. The Obama administration has broken a key promise to the American people that it would base its decisions on sound science and what's in the best interest of women's health. In short, this is a failure to deliver change.

We expected this kind of action from the Bush administration, so it's doubly disheartening and unacceptable that this administration chose to follow this path. We had a major opportunity to improve young women's access to contraception, which is the best way to reduce the need for abortion, and the Obama administration missed the mark.

Get more on Plan B® on our website.

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Debunking Michele Bachmann

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Last night, the Republican candidates for president met for a tea-party debate, and they made some pretty bold claims.

Here's one particularly strong assertion from Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota:

President Obama in a stunning, shocking level of power now just recently told all private insurance companies you must offer the morning-after abortion pill because I said so and it must be free of charge.

Cue the fact-checking: Rep. Bachmann is wrong. Again.

Here are the facts:

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) followed medical experts' advice and announced that newly issued insurance plans must cover all FDA-approved birth-control methods without a copay.

Emergency contraception, or the "morning-after" pill, is a type of birth control that works if taken soon after sex. The "morning-after" birth-control pill is not the same thing as the abortion pill (RU 486). Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy; it does not cause abortion. If you're already pregnant, taking the "morning-after" pill will not end the pregnancy.

Ninety-eight percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives. A panel of medical experts at the Institute of Medicine recommended that birth control be included as no-cost preventive care in all health plans because it will help millions of women prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion.

HHS' decision to make birth control available without a copay has nothing to do with abortion. The vast majority of private insurance plans do cover abortion care, but they set their own rules on copays and fees.

So, in conclusion, Rep. Bachmann's statement is (surprise!) completely and 100 percent false. But then again, I don't think she ever was one to let facts get in the way of her extreme ideology.

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