New Hampshire Poised to Provide Nonprescription Emergency Contraception

New Hampshire’s state legislature has given final approval to a bill that will allow women access to emergency contraception (EC) without a prescription. Governor John Lynch (D) has pledged to sign the bill into law, making New Hampshire the seventh state to allow trained pharmacists to provide EC to women without doctors’ prescriptions. A similar bill passed last year but was vetoed by then-Governor Craig Benson, a Republican.

Gov. Lynch said that he believes “we must work together to reduce the need for abortions. Emergency contraception is a safe and effective way to do that,” according to the Associated Press. The House defeated an amendment that would have required parental consent for minors, according to the Union Leader.

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Concord Monitor 5/26/05; Associated Press 5/26/05; Union Leader 5/26/05

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