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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 - 1:30 PM

Abstract #114715

Access to emergency contraception and other prescription contraceptives: Issues for low-income women

Lourdes A. Rivera, JD, National Health Law Program, 2639 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034, 310-204-6010, rivera@healthlaw.org

Low income women face a variety of barriers when they want to use emergency contraception and other contraceptive methods. Prescription status with its requirement that women first visit a clinic or other provider of reproductive health care services creates an obvious barrier, as the issues of time, transportation and cost faced by all women are exacerbated for low income women. The FDA has been asked to approve non-prescription status for emergency contraception, which must be used within a narrow window of time to be effective. Some proponents have argued that non-prescription status for oral contraceptives and other hormonal contraceptive methods would improve women's access. Would dropping the prescription requirement result in easier access? Would dropping the prescription requirement result in worse health outcomes? Is the answer different for EC than for other methods? The author will discuss the implications for low-income women.

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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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The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA