NCJW Celebrates Wider Access to Emergency Contraception


Contact: Brianne Nadeau


NCJW Celebrates Wider Access to Emergency Contraception

August 1, 2013, Washington, DC – As the emergency contraception pill Plan B One-Step becomes available nationwide without ID or prescription on store shelves today, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) celebrates this hard-fought milestone. NCJW advocated for wider access to emergency contraception through Plan A: NCJW’s Campaign for Contraceptive Access, pushing back on the Obama administration as it initially blocked the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendations to make emergency contraception available over the counter.

“On-the-shelf availability means that young women, women of color, immigrant women, low-income women and others who may not have access to approved identification showing proof of age, or the ability to quickly obtain a prescription,  will be able to access this basic healthcare product,” said Nancy K. Kaufman, NCJW CEO. “Wider access to emergency contraception is critical to protecting a woman’s health, economic security, and her religious liberty; greater access will allow more women to make their own faith-informed decisions about the services they need to support their reproductive health.”

Plan B One-Step is one type of emergency contraception which, as a back-up method of birth control, is most effective when taken up to three days after unprotected sex and which has proven safe and simple enough for anyone to use. Although the FDA has allowed the unrestricted sale of Plan B One-Step, less expensive generic versions of single dosage emergency contraception will still require ID proving the buyer is age 17 or older. The exclusivity granted to the manufacturer of Plan B One-Step will last for 3 years.

“Even as we celebrate the availability of Plan B One-Step, we continue to work to secure more affordable access to contraception, as we have since the 1920s,” said Kaufman. “We will continue to speak out to protect the accessibility and affordability of all forms of reproductive health care for women and families.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Plan A: NCJW’s Campaign for Contraceptive Access is a community-based, proactive national effort that aims to secure and protect access to contraceptive information and options by mobilizing the faith-based and progressive communities as well as the public at large.

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