Emergency Contraception Approved Without Prescription in Australia
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Association Committee on National Drugs and Poisons made a preliminary decision to allow the selling of emergency contraception (EC) over the counter. The committee will vote again in October to confirm the decision, which would place strict guidelines on pharmacists, such as talking to the customer about their sexual health and the side effects of the pill, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Public Health Association of Australia supports making EC available over the counter because it would reduce the number of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies while cutting public health costs, according the Courier Mail. However, the Telegraph reports that the Australian Medical Association opposes the decision to make EC available without a prescription, arguing that "access to these drugs should ideally take place in the context of a medical consultation that addresses the range of health issues relating to unprotected sexual intercourse."
In the United States, the Feminist Majority Foundation, along with a host of other reproductive health and rights groups, including American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Medical Association, are advocating for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of over-the-counter status for EC. The Women's Capital Corporation, makers of Plan B, have submitted a request to the FDA for over-the-counter status. The FDA is expected to make its decision by early 2004.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .