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Infographic: Emergency Contraception over the Counter

Infographic: Emergency Contraception over the Counter

The age restriction to emergency contraception creates barriers not just for teens but also for adult women. These barriers should be removed so that emergency contraception is available over the counter without a prescription to all.

Elizabeth Chen is a Policy Analyst with the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. Lindsay Rosenthal is the Special Assistant for Domestic Policy at the Center.


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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Women’s Health Care Physicians, Committee Opinion, “Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives,” December 2012, available at

American Medical Association, “H-75.985 Access to Emergency Contraception.”

American Public Health Association, “Ensuring that Individuals are Able to Obtain Contraceptives at Pharmacies,” November 8, 2006, available at

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Liz Chen

Policy Analyst

Lindsay Rosenthal

Research Assistant