June-July 2005: Birth Control

New York State Senate Rules in Favor of EC at Any Age New Hampshire Makes the Morning After Pill (EC) More Available Study: The Pill May Cause Permanent Loss of Sex Drive Male Contraceptive Pill Concern About Spermicide Nonoxynol-9 Continues to Increase Nonoxynol-9 Adversely Affects Female Endometrium NEW YORK STATE SENATE RULES IN FAVOR OF EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION AT ANY AGE – The NY Senate ruled 34-27 to provide morning-after pills over the counter to girls and women without a physician’s visit or prescription and without parental consent regardless of the patient’s age. The medication could be provided by any pharmacist, nurse or midwife who gets a blanket prescription from a physician. [23June05, Wash, DC; Joe DeCook, MD, for AAPLOG, 6July2005] NH HOUSE MAKES MORNING AFTER PILL MORE AVAILABLE  — The New Hampshire legislature has again approved a measure that would allow pharmacists to sell the morning after pill [EC] without a prescription. On 25May, the state House approved the bill on a 195-169 vote after it received backing from the state Senate. Unlike last year, when Governor Benson vetoed the measure, Gov. John Lynch has promised to sign the bill. The effort to amend the legislation to limit access, failed on a 225-141 vote. Supporters of the amendment argued that teenagers should not be given access to the drug without parental involvement. “Would you want your 12-, 13-, 14- or 15 year-old daughters getting emergency contraception as easily as they can buy Advil?” asked Salem Rep. Bettencourt who introduced the age limit [AP report]. Other lawmakers said the Plan B pills would encourage teens to engage in risky sexual behavior...