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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Letting Emergency Contraception Serve Its Purpose

David Markham highlighted a recent AMA study on his blog this morning that debunks claims made by some that making emergency contraception available without a prescription increases unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases through the indirect encouragement of sexual activity in the first place.  Not to be too crass, but NO DUH.

That's like reasoning that building a firehouse closer to a neighborhood will increase playing with matches among the residents. 

Maybe it's just me, but one would think that the term "emergency" would imply that such contraceptives would be used in situations where time is of the essence, and a prescription from a doctor certainly doesn't help to speed things along.  While I realize and accept that the underlying opposition to such drugs are wrapped up in a much larger debate, it shocks me that only SIX STATES allow emergency contraceptions to be sold directly by pharmacists to consumers.

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