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PRESS STATEMENT: Women Must Have Timely Access to Birth Control Services

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

For Immediate Release
April 1,  2005

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

ARHP advocates for a separation between personal ideology and access to complete reproductive health care services. Pharmacists should not deny women timely access to birth control, including emergency contraception.

Health care providers who do not provide contraception for moral or religious reasons have a professional obligation to provide their patients with a timely referral to another medical professional known to provide such services, and to inform their patients that they are being referred because of the provider's personal beliefs, not for professional, medical reasons. An individual provider's religious or moral beliefs must not impair the quality of medical care available.


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