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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Planned Parenthood will hand out free emergency contraception

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 5:35 AM

In 2006, after a two and a half year debate, the Food and Drug Administration finally allowed emergency contraception to be sold over the counter for females 18 and older. To Mary O’Shea, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland, it was a landmark decision, “almost like when the birth control pill became legal.” Previously, emergency contraception had only been available with a doctor’s prescription – and many pharmacies refused to carry it for moral reasons, despite numerous studies showing it to be as safe as the pill…. Meanwhile, the FDA had been dragging its feet because some conservatives considered emergency contraception to be tantamount to abortion. So on Saturday, March 15th, Planned Parenthood is again celebrating the decision by handing out a free packet of Plan B emergency contraception to all women entering the Old Brooklyn Health Center (3311 Broadview Road) from 10-3. "Every woman deserves every chance to prevent unintended pregnancy," explains CEO Tara Broderick. "We want to help spread the word about EC." – Rebecca Meiser

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