Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Information Being Collected on Plan B Refusals

The folks at All Girl Army / Scarleteen have posted a practical guide for women in response to the FDA's decision to make Plan B emergency contraception available over-the-counter for women 18 and older. It includes information on where and how the drug will be available (behind the counter with valid ID), cost, and how emergency contraception works. They are also collecting reports of pharmacist/pharmacy refusals to provide OTC or fill prescriptions for Plan B, which they will make available online so women can be aware in advance of where they are unlikely to receive service. Refusal reports can be emailed to planc at heathercorinna dot com. Reports sent to the ACLU will also be forwarded on for this project. Linked from the site is this map of conscience clauses and "must fill" requirements by state in the U.S. (as of 9/6/06).

Scarleteen is a sex education website that also hosts discussion boards, which are staffed with volunteers who answer sexual health-related questions. All Girl Army is a blogger collection of self-identified feminists ages 10-23 intended to empower young women and girls.

(Thanks to the seemingly tireless sexual health activist Heather Corinna for the heads up on this)

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MeSH Tags: Contraception, Postcoital; Levonorgestrel

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