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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
4166.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 12:50 PM

Abstract #114610

Prescription requirements for hormonal contraception: Outdated or useful?

Cynthia A. Pearson, National Women's Health Network, 514 Tenth Street, NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20004, 202-347-1140, cpearson@womenshealthnetwork.org

Proponents of changing the status of emergency contraception from prescription to over-the-counter argue that emergency contraceptive pills meet the requirements for over-the-counter status. What about regular oral contraceptives, or contraceptives that deliver the same hormones via a different approach such as the patch or the vaginal ring? Do they meet the test for over-the-counter status? Should advocates for the sexual and reproductive autonomy of women view non-prescription access as a simple matter of women's rights? Is the persistence of the prescription requirement an example of sexism – allowing “authorities” to intervene in women's sexuality? Or is the prescription requirement a vehicle to advance another element of women's autonomy – access to useful information? The presenter will identify and discuss a variety of positions on these questions.

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Women's Health, Family Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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