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Bill on Emergency Contraception Introduced in Congress

On March 6, 2002, Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Representative Louise Slaughter (D-New York) introduced “The Emergency Contraception Education Act” to provide women with public education and awareness about emergency contraceptives. The bill would provide for a 5-year education plan with a $10 million annual budget.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills delay ovulation, hinder fertilization or prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterine wall when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. This technology has been FDA approved for the past 4-years however very few women are aware of its availability.

For more information about or to take action on Emergency Contraception please visit www.prescribechoice.org.

Sources:

Press Release, Senator Patty Murray 3/6/02, WomenÕs E-News 3/7/02

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