Thursday, February 4, 2010

Finally! EC for Military Women

Woo hoo! Today, the Department of Defense approved a policy that would guarantee women in the military access to emergency contraception. It is about time!

Emergency Contraception (commonly referred to as the "morning after pill", or known by its brand name, PlanB) can prevent pregnancy when taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. The earlier it is taken, the more effective it is.

Given the grim and disturbing data on rape in the military - in fact, nearly 1 in 3 military women will be raped by a fellow servicemember - Emergency Contraception access is absolutely critical for women serving overseas and within the United States.

Now we've just got to end Don't Ask Don't Tell, repeal Hyde and do something about the staggering rate of sexual assault. Let's get crackin!

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