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Now Online: the Stay-at-Home Abortion

Rebecca Gomperts is among activists who sell abortion drugs online

(Newser) - With millions of women worldwide lacking access to abortion clinics, some activists are considering a new approach: the stay-at-home abortion. Leading the charge is Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts, whose website Women on Web receives about 2,000 requests monthly for drugs that will induce miscarriages, the New York Times Magazine ... More »

FDA: Generic Morning-After Pills Available to All

Now generic alternatives can be sold over the counter to teenagers

(Newser) - Morning-after birth control just got cheaper and easier to buy, NPR reports. After a 10-year battle, the FDA published a letter saying that generic versions of the popular Plan B One-Step can be sold to customers without proof of age. That overruled an FDA decision in July granting Teva Pharmaceuticals... More »

177 Pounds? Don't Bother With Morning-After Pill

It may not be effective for heavier women

(Newser) - The morning-after pill may not work for you if you weigh more than 165 pounds—and that's distressing news, considering the average American woman weighs more than that. HRA Pharma, the French manufacturer of an emergency contraceptive called Norlevo, is set to start warning women that the pill starts... More »

Obama Will Allow Morning-After Pill for All Ages

DOJ will drop appeal against unrestricted access to Plan B

(Newser) - The Obama administration has dropped its push for age restrictions for access to the Plan B morning-after pill. The Justice Department had been fighting a judge's decision to allow girls of any age to access the pill without a prescription, but announced it is dropping the appeal, the New ... More »

Feds Appeal Judge's Plan B Decision

Justice Dept. says he had no right to make it available to all ages

(Newser) - The "Plan B" Iegal fight gets a little more tangled: The Justice Department today said it will appeal a judge's decision lifting all age limits on the birth-control pill and a cheaper generic. The federal government says the judge who issued the ruling exceeded his authority, and it... More »

Judge on Morning-After Pill: No One Needs Prescription

Directs FDA to sell over-the-counter, even to teens

(Newser) - The FDA must make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter to women of all ages, a federal judge has ruled. It's currently stocked behind the counter, and those under 17 need a prescription. The federal government has debated with itself over the morning-after pill in the past, with the FDA... More »

11% of Women Who Have Sex Used Morning-After Pill

5.8M have taken pill at least once: federal analysis

(Newser) - The use of so-called morning-after pills in the US is on the rise, a new report finds, with 11% of sexually active women between 15 and 44 saying they've used such a pill at least once. That's 5.8 million women, USA Today reports. And the New York ... More »

Hobby Lobby: We Intend to Defy ObamaCare

Won't offer insurance that includes access to the morning-after pill

(Newser) - With a lawsuit pending , Hobby Lobby says it won't be providing workers with health plans that cover the morning-after pill—even though ObamaCare requires it. The decision could cost the company $1.3 million in daily fines, the AP notes. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week rejected the... More »

Sorry, Hobby Lobby, You're No Religious Organization

Judge denies company's request to skirt birth control requirement

(Newser) - Hobby Lobby asked a judge to release it from the ObamaCare requirement that will force it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill, but there's just one problem: Hobby Lobby isn't a religious organization, the judge pointed out yesterday when denying the chain's request. The arts... More »

NYC Schools Giving Students Morning-After Pill

Pilot program offers first hormonal birth control to kids in nation

(Newser) - New York City is handing out birth control including the morning-after pill to students at some of its schools under the auspices of a burgeoning health initiative called Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health. The, er, catch? Students don't have to tell parents, notes the New York Post , unless parents... More »

Court: Illinois Can't Force Sale of 'Morning After' Pill

Pharmacists who object on moral grounds can bow out

(Newser) - Illinois pharmacists who don't want to sell the "morning after" contraceptive pill on religious grounds now have the green light to pull it from their shelves. An Illinois appeals court ruled that the state can't force pharmacists to sell the pill, sold under the brand name Plan... More »

19% of Pharmacies to 17-Year-Olds: No Plan B law, they're supposed to sell it to teens of that age

(Newser) - Pharmacies are required by law to provide over-the-counter emergency contraception to 17-year-olds without a prescription, but a new study in Pediatrics journal found that one out of five drugstores does not comply. Boston University researchers contacted all the pharmacies (943 total) in five big cities twice, posing as a 17-year-old... More »

Judge: Pharmacists Can't Be Forced to Dispense Plan B

Washington state pharmacists no longer required to dole out emergency contraception

(Newser) - Pharmacists in Washington state who disagree with emergency contraception on religious grounds can no longer be required to dispense it, a federal judge ruled yesterday. The judge declared the state's regulation unconstitutional, noting that pharmacies in the state are allowed to not stock drugs for various secular reasons—for... More »

College Vending Machine Doles Out Plan B, $25 a Pop

Shippensburg University makes emergency contraceptive easy to come by

(Newser) - Plan B can be quite controversial—but not at one Pennsylvania college, where students can buy the emergency contraceptive out of a vending machine. Granted, the vending machine in question is located inside the Shippensburg University health center, KTLA notes. One dose of the morning after pill costs $25. More »

Obama Backs Morning-After Pill Limits

Calls for 'common sense' about over-the-counter drugs

(Newser) - President Obama supports Kathleen Sebelius' unusual decision to overrule an FDA move to make the morning-after pill easier for younger girls to buy , he said yesterday. Obama said he "did not get involved in the process," but endorsed the health secretary's rejection of the agency's effort... More »

Feds: No Morning-After Pill for Young Teens Without Rx

Health chief overrules FDA, forbids over-the-counter sales to girls

(Newser) - The federal government is split on the "morning after pill," with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today overruling the FDA's decision to make Plan B available to even young teenagers without a prescription. The drug's maker requested the change in February, and though FDA... More »

Welsh Girls As Young as 13 Can Get Morning-After Pill

New rules allow pharmacies to dispense for free, without prescription

(Newser) - Wales began a controversial new policy today that allows pharmacists to dispense the morning-after pill for free to girls as young as 13. The teens won't need a doctor's prescription or their parents' permission. It's part of a plan to cut down on teen pregnancy among Welsh girls, who have... More »

'Morning-After' Pill Is Good the Day of, Too

Early indicators are it's more effective than condoms, but lags behind patch, pill

(Newser) - The morning-after pill might need a new name after a study that finds it's fairly reliable as regular old, non-emergency birth control, reports Time. In a review of previous studies of 8,400 women, only about 5% who took the morning-after pill around the time they had sex over the... More »

Makers of Plan B Pill Want It Available to All Ages

Teva says girls 11 to 16 should be able to get it without doctor's order

(Newser) - The makers of Plan B, the morning-after pill now approved for women 17 and older without a doctor's prescription, are pushing to make it as easily available to girls as young as 11. Girls under 17 currently need a prescription to get it, but Teva Pharmaceuticals holds that any female... More »

FDA OKs 5-Day Morning-After Pill

And both sides of abortion debate jump in

(Newser) - The FDA last night approved ella, a morning-after contraceptive that can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. As the New York Times reports, the approval stirred up predictable reaction on both sides of the abortion debate, with opponents decrying a decision released "late on a Friday... More »

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