One year ago,
scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that emergency
contraception would be made accessible over-the-counter. The FDA’s reasoning
was based on more than decade of medical research that shows emergency
contraception is both safe and effective enough for wider public use. This
position is shared by respected medical associations and journals such as the American
Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American
Academy of Pediatrics, and the New England Journal of
inexplicably, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
exerted her authority and overruled the FDA’s decision, a move that cannot be
justified by science or reason.
move restricts the ability of women to exert full control over their
reproductive systems. It is an established fact that emergency contraception works
best when taken within 72 hours. However, those seeking to purchase emergency
contraception face many obstacles, including prescription
requirements for women under 17, pharmacists
who deny prescriptions based on their religious beliefs, and transportation
leaders should follow scientific evidence where it leads. Emergency
contraception is safe and effective, and making it readily available to those
who need it would both reduce
the number of unwanted abortions and pregnancies, and improve the health
and quality of life of women across the United States.
It’s not too
late for Secretary Sebelius to do the right thing. Tell the Secretary to
reverse her decision and end restrictions on emergency contraception now!
Tell HHS to Follow the Science on Emergency Contraception
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write you today as a friend of the Center for Inquiry to urge you to reverse your decision to keep emergency contraception from being accessible over-the-counter.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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