Ask Me

May 9, 2006

Prevention

ACOG’s Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, spoke of the critical need for all women of reproductive age to have unimpeded access to emergency contraception, an essential treatment method for protecting and safeguarding their reproductive health. It’s been estimated that greater access to EC could cut unintended pregnancy and abortion rates in half. “With the Ask me. campaign, ACOG is stepping up our efforts to address this country’s high rate of unintended pregnancy. Nearly half (49%) of the more than 6 million pregnancies that occur each year are unplanned,” ACOG’s supports making EC available directly to women over the counter. “The FDA’s failure to act amounts to a quintessential shell game, in which women are the losers. Not granting national OTC status to Plan B® goes against their mission of promoting public health and welfare. EC’s safety and efficacy are backed by decades of research and are not debatable,” she added. “As champions of women’s health, ACOG endorses non-prescription sales of emergency contraception.”