Prescribe Choice Hits Fever Pitch: Emergency Contraception Action Day and More Activism!
The Feminist Majority Foundation's Emergency Contraception
Over-the-Counter (ECOTC) campaign is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to allow women to access EC over the counter without a prescription so that it can be easily and quickly accessible to all women in the United States. The December 7th National Day of Action for the ECOTC Campaign was a success! Students across the country took part in a collective action, petitioning and educating their communities about the campaign to show support for EC.
Outreaching to their community, the TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY FMLA collected over one hundred signatures for our petition to the Food and Drug Administration. FMF interns, volunteers, and campus staff in our Washington D.C. area collected 461 EC OTC signatures while petitioning a high traffic marketplace. Over the course of the semester, the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FMLA collected over 600 signatures while tabling for the ECOTC campaign.
At their annual “Freedom Fest” concert fundraiser, the SUNY STONY BROOK raised over $1500 to processing rape kits at a local hospital and educated for increased access to Emergency Contraception for rape and sexual assault survivors. According to Christine Tanaka, FMLA leader, “It was an amazing event... the turnout was great and everyone was just really enthusiastic.” The group also collected ECOTC petitions during the event and sold t-shirts, bumper stickers, and buttons.
Feminists across the country continue to keep up the struggle to make EC available over-the-counter! Post this online petition to your listserv and recommend the petition to your friends.
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. . . .