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Emergency Contraception: The Politics of Post-Coital Contraception

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  • Christy A. Sherman

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    1. Oregon Research Institute
      *Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Christy A. Sherman, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR 97403 [e-mail: christys@ori.org].
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*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Christy A. Sherman, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR 97403 [e-mail: christys@ori.org].

Abstract

The literature and events related to the politicization of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) in the United States is reviewed. The basis of opposition to the regimen, rooted in the mode of action of ECPs, the confusion with mifepristone, and the challenges this presents for ECP advocates is also discussed. Legislative actions that impact the availability of ECPs are described, as well as efforts to increase access and availability through innovative programs, legislation, and changes in medical practice. Recommendations for future research, service delivery, and public policy are also presented.

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