Leadership Alliances Nationwide Promote EC and Mifepristone Access on Campus
In February of 2001, more than 70 organizations, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, submitted a joint petition to the FDA demanding that emergency contraception be approved for over-the-counter use. Since then, the Women's Capital Corporation, the manufacturer of Plan B®, has applied to the FDA to change the distribution status of Plan B® from prescription to over-the-counter. FMF's Campus Program has launched a major campaign to petition the FDA to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance in Ohio is working with their Women's Health Center to make emergency contraception (EC) available on campus and educate the student body about
its use and availability.
To better promote access to health services and resources for women on campus, the newly chartered MARSHALL UNIVERSITY (WV) FMLA affiliate created wallet cards with information on local rape crisis centers, reproductive health centers, and general information on women’s health.
The MARIETTA COLLEGE FMLA in Ohio hosted a Mifepristone birthday party with over 50 people in attendance, commemorating the Food and Drug Administration’s approval in the year 2000. They used the event to educate their campus about Mifepristone and emergency contraception. MARIETTA COLLEGE FMLA activist Julie Knepper wrote an excellent letter to the editor on the difference between EC and Mifepristone and on local access to reproductive health services.
The recently chartered FMLA at WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY is also participating in the ECOTC campaign, educating their campus about the importance of access to EC by tabling regularly with ECOTC materials. The USC FMLA co-sponsored with their campus Women’s Student Assembly to promote women’s health during a breast cancer awarness event, tabling with ECOTC petitions and reproductive health information.
Join the campaign today by educating your campus about EC and organizing a petition drive to the FDA. Use FMF's national petition to collect signatures and then mail the petitions in to us so we can deliver them in bulk to the FDA!
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .