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Thursday 22nd March 2018

US row over 'morning after' pill

13th March 2007

Activists in the United States are launching a campaign for emergency contraception, after a woman in Georgia said she was refused the 'morning after' pill at a Kroger pharmacy in the state.


The pill was made available by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without a prescription several months ago, but remains controversial in the US because of fears it will encourage promiscuity.

The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League said the pill should be dispensed to women without question following the ruling, regardless of personal values.

Sold in the US as Plan B, emergency contraception is a high dose of the drug found in many regular birth-control pills. It can lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89% if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Girls 17 and younger still need a prescription to buy the drug. The FDA made it available over the counter to adults in August.


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