New York Could Become Eighth State to Allow Behind-the-Counter EC

Both houses of New York’s state legislature have approved a bill that would make emergency contraception (EC) available without a prescription. The bill, which now heads to Governor George Pataki (R) for a signature, would allow pharmacists, nurses, and midwives to dispense EC after receiving a blanket prescription from a physician for any customer, according to the New York Times. Gov. Pataki, who is pro-choice, has said he will review the specifics of the legislation before deciding whether to sign the bill, according to the Associated Press. The bill does not require parental consent or notification for young women to receive EC.

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New York Times 6/23/05; Associated Press 6/22/05

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