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WASHINGTON – Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards released the following statement in response to tonight’s announcement that the Department of Justice will appeal the ruling in the Tummino v. Hamburg case that lifted the age and point of sale restrictions on emergency contraception:

“The Obama administration took an important step forward earlier this week by moving emergency contraception out from behind the pharmacy counter and making it available to people ages 15 and older, and we continue to believe that access should be expanded further.   

“Studies show that emergency contraception is a safe and effective form of birth control that can prevent pregnancy if taken within five days of unprotected sex, and research also shows that teens are as likely as adults to use emergency contraception correctly.  Age barriers to emergency contraception are not supported by science, and they should be eliminated.”



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May 01, 2013


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