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Medical News & Perspectives
June 21, 2006

Group Backs Emergency Contraception

JAMA. 2006;295(23):2708-2709. doi:10.1001/jama.295.23.2708

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has launched “Ask Me,” a campaign to educate women about emergency contraception and to encourage them to get an advance prescription from their physician in case they ever need it.

Leaders from ACOG, who launched the campaign in May, say emergency contraception is an important component of family planning and better access to it may help reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions in the United States. According to ACOG, nearly half of all US pregnancies are unplanned and more than half of the women who have an unplanned pregnancy were using a form of contraception when they became pregnant.