Why Emergency Contraception Should Be Available To All Women Over The Counter

Since Friday is the one-year anniversary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to overrule the FDA’s recommendations on emergency contraception — choosing to restrict access to Plan B for those under the age of 17 even though the FDA confirms it’s safe for women of all ages to use — health advocates are marking it as Emergency Contraception Day of Action to pressure the Obama administration to reverse its policy. The Center for American Progress has released an infographic to highlight why the age restriction on Plan B is a harmful policy that prevents young people from accessing the contraceptive methods they need:

Despite widespread information about the scientific nature of emergency contraception, it is simply a strong dose of birth control that does not actually induce abortions.