Access to Emergency Contraception Pills

The statement below represents the opinion of the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women and should not be construed as official ACOG policy.

ACCESS TO EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION PILLS

Realizing that emergency contraception is an important reproductive health alternative for women, but acknowledging an individual pharmacist's right to doctrinally object to dispensing, the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women affirms that pharmacists have an ethical and moral obligation to:

1. On-site public disclosure that pharmacist does not dispense EC, and

2. Referral of the patient for appropriate dispensing.

Data from 1994 indicate that, excluding miscarriages, 49% of all pregnancies were unintended. If efforts to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies are to be successful, women must be given unimpeded access to the full range of contraceptive options.

Contact:

Alicia Luchowski, MPH
Director
Health Care for Underserved Women/ LARC Program
aluchowski@acog.org