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Progress and Setbacks in Sexual Assault Survivors’ Access to Emergency Contraception

By Rachel Walden |

A bill that would have required Pennsylvania hospitals to make emergency contraception and information on the drug available to rape victims has been withdrawn from consideration. Despite compromises that would have allowed religious hospitals to use third-party advisors to work with women on obtaining emergency contraception, Rep. Daylin Leach withdrew the bill because it appeared that there was not enough support from fellow Representatives to pass the measure.

A similar bill in Wisconsin is expected to pass, perhaps this month, and the state’s Governor … More

Newly Appointed Acting Surgeon General Played Role in Holding Up OTC Sale of Emergency Contraception

By Rachel Walden |

Dr. Steven Galson, former Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (the agency’s drug review and approval arm), has been appointed to the position of Acting Surgeon General, and is expected to begin the post today.

Dr. Galson’s selection for the post has raised concerns from reproductive health advocates, given Galson’s role in the years of delay that preceded the 2006 approval of over-the-counter sales of Plan B emergency contraception. His appointment follows recent complaints about the political pressure placed on … More

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Smoke and Mirrors and Women, Oh My

By Guest Contributor |

by Katherine L. Record

Last week, the Supreme Court attracted lots of attention when it heard arguments about whether a corporation can exclude mandatory preventive benefits from its employee health plan, based on a religious objection to certain types of healthcare.

This is a tale as old as time; religion has long been the basis for opposition to reproductive (i.e., women’s) health – including the preventive healthcare now in question, contraception.

Yet this argument has nothing … More

Studies Look at Access to Family Planning Services Provided at Federally Qualified Health Centers

By Rachel Walden |

A pair of newly published studies in the journal Contraception look at the types and access to family planning services provided at community health clinics that are considered a popular primary care option for low-income women of reproductive age.

The studies, produced by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health, examine the services at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). These health clinics provide primary and preventive care on a sliding scale, primarily to low-income and uninsured patients. It’s … More