Study Indicates Teens Understand Labeling for Emergency Contraception
A new study indicates that teenager's comprehension of emergency contraception (EC) labeling is comparable to that of adults. EC, also known as Plan B, is effective up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex, birth control failure, or rape, but it is most effective (95 percent) if taken within 24 hours.
The EC label comprehension study surveyed 1,085 girls ages 12 to 17 in New York City. Results were then compared to a similar 2002 study that surveyed adult women. According to Reuters, 92 percent of teenage girls in the new study and 93 percent of adult women in the 2002 study understood that EC is "a method of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex." Similarly 83 percent of teenage girls surveyed (compared with 85 percent of women surveyed in 2002) understood that Plan B must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. A number of other measures also showed high understanding of those surveyed of EC's purpose and proper use.
Lead researcher Dr. Miriam Cremer, of New York University's School of Medicine, told Reuters that "I believe the potential implications of our study are to help the FDA decide to make Plan B available over-the-counter without an age restriction." Cremer’s study concludes that teenagers "demonstrate comprehension equal to adults of the key points necessary for safe and effective use of emergency contraception."
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .