For Immediate Release
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906
FDA's Ruling to Hinder Accessibility of Plan B; NOW Calls For Implementation of Judge Korman's Ruling
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
WASHINGTON - Yesterday's ruling by the FDA to restrict access to Plan B One Step to those 15 years and older does not go far enough to allow access to emergency contraception to women of all ages. Millions of women need access to this safe and effective product, and the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, particularly in adolescents, should not be obstructed by paternalistic politicking. Studies have proven that emergency contraception is a safe and effective method of preventing unwanted pregnancies -- and therefore abortions.
NOW calls on the Obama administration to comply with the federal court order issued April 5 by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman, making Plan B One Step available to women and girls of all ages without a prescription, and without identification. Requiring women to show proper documentation will hinder a very vulnerable group of women from purchasing this crucial medication -- including adolescents and low-income women.
NOW activists across the country will continue to work to advance reproductive justice and defeat the forces that play politics with women's lives.
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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.