Emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill or by its brand name, Plan B, is currently available only with a prescription to people 16 and under.
Not for scientific reasons, mind you, nor because of medical concerns. Scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that EC be made available over the counter, no prescription necessary, for all ages. Leading and very well-respected medical organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all agree.
In the face of overwhelming evidence of safety and efficacy, the U.S. Secretary Health and Human Services overruled the FDA recommendation. This was the first time a Secretary ever publicly overruled the FDA. You can read what a federal judge had to say about the behavior in this article.
It is time to stop playing politics with reproductive health.
If contraception offends your religious beliefs or moral sensibilities, you are not obligated to use it. You can forgo it completely, but you cannot dictate the terms for anyone else.
Advocates for reproductive justice, reproductive rights, and reproductive health, join me. It is time to make a safe, effective tool in the campaign to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies available to all who seek it.
Sign this petition to ask President Obama and his administration to make emergency contraception available, without a prescription and over the counter, to anyone who needs it.