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Friday, March 7, 2014

A Small Victory for Women's Reproductive Rights

Women's reproductive rights have been routinely under attack in the US over the past few years, but there was a small victory this week, as reported by HuffingtonPost:
For too long, the Food and Drug Administration under President Obama was a pretty big disappointment to women. But this week's decision to make generic emergency contraception (sometimes known as the morning after pill or Plan B) available to women without a prescription, marks the latest move in an improved path toward policy backed by science instead of politics.
The key here is that the age restrictions have been lifted, so that emergency contraception is available over the counter without any age restrictions. Although sexual activity among American teenagers has recently shown a slight downward trend, the latest data still show that more than one-in-four never-married girls aged 15-17 has been sexually active. They needed this added protection from unintended pregnancy.

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