Emergency Contraception – What is it and how does it work?
Also known as Plan B and the Morning After Pill, EC is a safe and effective method of birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex. EC prevents pregnancy by temporarily stopping an egg from being released or stopping fertilization of the egg. EC is not an abortion pill. It will NOT affect an established pregnancy. For more information on EC visit Go2PlanB.com or PlannedParenthood.org
For an interesting discussion of EC as it relates to reproductive health visit: ACOG.org
Who Can get it and where?
In the Fall of 2006, EC was approved for over the counter sales for adults by they FDA. Anyone under 18 currently needs a prescription to get EC. Advocates for women’s health care are working to make EC available to all women with out a prescription. For a nationwide directory of EC providers and other good information about EC, visit: Princeton.edu
What’s the big deal?
Even though EC has been available for many years, controversy still swirls around the drug. Characterization of EC as an abortion pill persists and efforts continue nationwide to restrict access to the medication. The following organizations can provide an in-depth look at the EC controversy and what you can do to protect access to this safe and legal form of birth control.
Is EC available in the rest of the world?
The effort to promote EC as a valuable tool for women seeking to control their reproductive future extends beyond the United States. Both CECinfo.org and the World Health Organization have information on international efforts.