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June 27, 2001

Promoting Emergency Contraception

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JAMA. 2001;285(24):3080. doi:10.1001/jama.285.24.3080

The incoming president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said his colleagues should offer advance prescriptions for emergency oral contraception during women's routine gynecologic visits to help cut the nation's rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion.

Thomas F. Purdon, MD, of Tucson, Ariz, ACOG president-elect, made his comments during the college's 50th Anniversary Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago.

"If most women had emergency contraception in their medicine cabinet, or a prescription for it, we could help cut the US rate of unintended pregnancy in half," Purdon said. "Ob-gyns—indeed, all primary care physicians—can help make that happen."

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