Saturday, July 16, 2005

Emergency Contraception, part 2

Here's a page explaining how EC works - basically, it prevents a pregnancy by stopping ovulation, fertilization of the egg, or the implantation in the uterus necessary for pregnancy. It is intended for use on occassions when a woman has had unprotected sex, such as in rape, or when a condom breaks. is a Princeton website that explains EC, and includes a searchable directory of where EC can be obtained in the US and Canada.

This page from the National Conference of State Legislatures provides a 50 States Summary of Emergency Contraception Legislation," which summarizes laws in the states. There is also a page explaining the laws in each state regarding whether pharmacists can refuse to fill EC prescriptions.

Here's the FDA's statement on why EC wasn't approved for over-the-counter status, which has been the subject of much debate. This press release is a response from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Back up Your Birth Control is an advocacy group; its website provides info on EC access.

Click here to run a PubMed search for research and other professional articles on emergency contraception.
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