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PRESS STATEMENT: FDA Delay on Emergency Contraception Over-the-Counter Decision Declared Irresponsible

Wayne C. Shields
President and CEO
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

For Immediate Release
January 24,  2005

Contact: Ann McCall
Phone: (202) 466-3825

ARHP is disappointed by yet another delay in ruling on over-the-counter access for emergency contraception (EC). This delay shows a disregard for the medical evidence, which overwhelmingly demonstrates that EC is safe, effective, and easy to use.

Access to EC has the potential to prevent thousands of unintended pregnancies and abortions each year. Delaying over-the-counter status denies women the right to protect themselves.


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