By A. Foster, L. Wynn
Regardless of its security and efficacy, emergency birth control (EC) keeps to spark political controversy around the globe. during this edited quantity, authors discover how emergency birth control has been bought, interpreted, and politicized, throughout the in-depth exam of the adventure of EC in sixteen person nations.
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L. Wynn between pharmaceutical companies and researchers. Here we see the small pharmaceutical companies being founded and supported by EC activists, who were simultaneously promoting the method amongst the public and the medical and public health communities and, as we shall see in the next section, conducting research and publishing studies to pave the way for FDA approval. Laying the Groundwork for Nonprescription Access Once dedicated products were on the market in the late 1990s, American activists set their sights on changing the status of EC from a prescription to a nonprescription drug.
The EC movement in the United States can be heuristically divided into two stages. The ﬁrst stage involved activism dedicated toward raising EC awareness among healthcare providers and women, as well as efforts to get a dedicated emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) on the market. Although oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) had been used off-label post-coitally for years, reproductive health activists realized that a dedicated product would increase awareness of EC and lend the method popular legitimacy.
Finally, these chapters showcase how research and science inﬂuence and are inﬂuenced by activism, advocacy, and sociocultural-religious interpretations. Notes 1. This was later renamed the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises. 2. Medication abortion, also known as medical or nonsurgical abortion, refers to a family of safe and effective methods for terminating an early pregnancy (Weitz et al. 2004). The mifepristone and misoprostol regimen has received the most global attention and the ﬁrst medication used in this regimen is often referred to as “the abortion pill” or RU486.