Thursday, April 11, 2013

BPCLC Letter to Health and Human Services on No-Cost Contraceptives

BPCLC members recently sent this joint letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, regarding proposed regulations for no-cost access to contraceptives. You can download it here, or view it below! Thanks to all members who signed on.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Good News on Emergency Contraception!

Finally, some good news!

After a decade of ongoing legal battles to improve access to emergency contraception, or Plan B, a federal district court ruled that the F.D.A. must make Plan B available for sale to all women within 30 days without restrictions – this means over-the-counter, without identification or a prescription, and with no age limitations.

We will keep you updated on developments and outreach efforts. Read more on the ruling.

However, the news in other states is beyond bleak – North Dakota recently passed an extreme bill that prohibits most abortions after 6 weeks. Arkansas’s legislature passed a law, over the veto of Gov. Mike Beebe, banning abortion after 12 weeks. Lawsuits are sure to follow these clearly unconstitutional bills.

These are just a few reasons why New York needs stronger reproductive health laws now.