“According to the Demographic Health Survey, in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, and Brazil, the proportion of currently pregnant women under age 20 who reported their pregnancies were mistimed or unwanted was 46 percent, 50 percent, 55 percent, and 58 percent, respectively.” Increased use of emergency contraception would help prevent those unintended pregnancies as well as reduce the number of unsafe abortions (which cause the death of an estimated 68,000 women each year). Accessing emergency contraception also creates an opportunity for women to be introduced to other reproductive health services. Studies have shown that women who use ECPs tend to switch to more effective contraceptive methods. Emergency contraception providers have a unique opportunity to connect women with related services and discuss future contraception and STI/HIV prevention.
From Despite Controversy, Emergency Contraception Remains an Important Option
, International Conference on Family Planning, Ethipoia, here.
The decisions of the Secretary with respect to Plan B One-Step and that of the FDA with respect to the Citizen Petition, which it had no choice but to deny, were arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.
Federal Judge Korman
, after ordering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after birth control pill available to people of any
age without a prescription.