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Planned Parenthood Applauds Move to Ensure Access to Emergency Contraception for Military Women and Families
The Obama administration made the right decision this week when it decided to ensure that emergency contraception will be made available to women in the armed forces at all hospitals and health centers on U.S. military bases around the world.
“We applaud the Pentagon for ensuring that every woman honorably serving our country and the spouses of military personnel stationed around the world will have access to the same basic reproductive health care available to women in the United States,” said PPFA President Cecile Richards. “For far too long, politics trumped medical reason. This latest decision is certainly another step toward ensuring every woman has the ability to prevent unintended pregnancy and plan healthy families.”
In November, the Pentagon’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee recommended that emergency contraception (EC) be offered on the list of medications made available to service members overseas. Yesterday the Pentagon announced that EC will be made available at all hospitals and health centers on military bases around the world.
EC contains hormones that prevent unintended pregnancy when started within 120 hours of unprotected intercourse. The sooner EC is administered, the better it works, giving women serving our country better access to comprehensive health care.
Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 840 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.