FDA Holds Hearing on Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and leading medical and women’s health organizations urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at a public hearing today to make Plan B emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter.

Testifying on behalf of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Dr. Beth Jordan told the FDA’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee that “the scientific evidence and public health imperative propelling this request for EC is strong and undeniable. Access delayed is access denied. For the sake of women whose lives and futures are at stake, please make this decision on scientific merit, not politics.”

Using the drug within three days of unprotected sex can significantly reduce the chance of getting pregnant, and the sooner the drug is taken, the more effective it is. In addition, advocates for over-the-counter accessibility of EC argue that it is often difficult to find a doctor to write a prescription in time, especially on holidays and weekends.

Over-the-counter access to emergency contraception could prevent more than a million unplanned pregnancies and hundreds of thousands of abortions every year. The Feminist Majority Foundation leads a national drive on college campuses to increase the availability of EC. At today’s hearing, FMF presented more than 30,000 student signatures gathered in support of EC and the results of a survey that highlights the lack of availability and inaccessibility of EC on our nation’s campuses.

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Feminist Majority Foundation; Associated Press 12/16/03

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