OB-GYNs Urge Women to Get Advance Plan B Prescriptions
Women should get a prescription for emergency contraception (EC) now, in case they need it later, advises the new "Ask Me" campaign by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The campaign, launched Monday, seeks to bypass the FDA, which has not yet approved Plan B, a brand of emergency contraception, for over-the-counter sales despite the recommendations of its own scientists.
“We want women to be prepared, well before a contraceptive failure or unprotected sex occurs. Afterward may be too late,” said ACOG President Doctor Michael Mennuti in a press release. Greater access to the morning-after pill could prevent nearly half of the 3 million unwanted pregnancies reported each year in the US.
Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, birth-control failure, or rape. Most states require a doctor’s prescription, which takes time and therefore increases risk of pregnancy. Making access even more difficult, in some states pharmacists can refuse to fill EC prescriptions based on religious beliefs.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .