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Court Ordered Over-the-Counter Morning After Pill: A Poor Choice for American Youth
Care Net Press Release
April 05, 2013

LANSDOWNE, VA – Care Net CEO Roland Warren today responded to news that U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in New York has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning after pill available over the counter and without a prescription.

Warren commented:

“The court has today put political expediency ahead of the health and safety of teen girls. This is a poor choice for American youth. I urge the administration to appeal this faulty court order, and ensure young girls cannot get emergency contraception without a prescription.”
 
Dr. Sandy Christiansen, Care Net’s medical consultant also commented:

“A meta-analysis published in Obstetrics & Gynecology from 2007 concludes: "Increased access to emergency contraceptive pills enhances use but has not been shown to reduce unintended pregnancy rates". There is no way to ensure that the product will be purchased by its intended user, making a way for male sexual predators, date rape and other forms of abuse. Since there is little to no evidence demonstrating a health benefit associated with use of emergency contraceptive pills and the potential for harm, why are we subjecting our young women to this risk?"


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