Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Today is Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action!

This is the ninth year that The National Institute for Reproductive Health has designated March 24th as a day to raise awareness about emergency contraception availability and affordability.  The Back Up Your Birth Control campaign wants the FDA to make emergency contraception more affordable and available. Presently, the price ranges from $35-$70, an exorbitant cost for many.  The  campaign also advocates for the inclusion of over-the-counter access to emergency contraception(EC) in state Medicaid coverage.  Currently, the FDA mandates that only women and men ages 17 and older can receive emergency contraception without a prescription.  Kelli Conlin, president of the National Institute of Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York, says “Considering both the high rates of teen pregnancy and the lack of any medical rationale for age restrictions on emergency contraception, it just does not make sense to keep these age restrictions in place.”

In cities and on campuses around the country today, activists will be passing out pamphlets, buttons and stickers with the image of Rosie the Riveter with an "EC" proudly displayed on her bicep.  Here are a few ideas on how you can get involved:

  • Get the facts on EC – Check out this sweet website for everything you could possibly want to know about EC.  Once you have the facts straight, don’t be shy about sharing them with others. 
  • Sign the petition -Encourage the FDA to “end unnecessary age restrictions on emergency contraception”.
  • Raise public awareness – Tweet, post, or blog to educate others about EC.
More ideas on how to raise awareness can be found here.

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