Women Speak Out: Protest Health & Human Services’ Decision to Limit Morning-After Pill Access
When: Thursday Jan 12, 2012 at 1pm – If you work in Manhattan, reserve your lunch break!
Why: Join us to protest HHS’s outrageous and unprecedented decision to overrule the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to expand access to the Morning-After Pill to women of all ages.
What: Women will testify about why immediate and unrestricted access to this safe form of birth control is crucial to our lives.
Where: Manhattan, 26 Federal Plaza, on Broadway at Worth St., 1,2,3, J, Z to Chambers; N,R to City Hall; 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge
Sponsored by: National Women’s Liberation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brooke Eliazar-Macke at 352-514-7769.
Why has Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to expand access to the Morning-After Pill?
On December 7, 2011, after years of feminist pressure, the FDA finally recommended that the prescription requirement for women under 17 be removed. This meant that millions of young women could get the Morning-After Pill (also known as “emergency contraception” or Plan B One-Step™) over-the-counter without going through a doctor. This change would have benefited all women – the pill would no longer be stuck behind-the-counter. Women would not have faced the sexist insult of showing ID for birth control or answering questions about their sex life in a drugstore line. Instead, the pill would have been on the shelf at any time of day, at any convenient store, bodega, gas station or drugstore, just like condoms. But this victory was short lived due to HHS’s unprecedented decision to overrule the FDA’s decision.
We are outraged! In this case, the Obama Administration is just as willing as the Bush Administration to put anti-birth control politics over science.
The HHS decision is an attack on women’s reproductive freedom and self-determination. Join us on January 12th.