[people. power. media] directed and produced this video in collaboration with The Media Consortium and Ms Magazine for the Where is Your Plan B? education and action project described below.
Who Created this Project?
The Where is Your Plan B website is part of the Reproductive Justice Reporting Project of the Media Consortium, in partnership with theAssociation for Alternative Newsmedia. This site, and many of the reports on it, were funded by a generous grant from theQuixote Foundation.
The outlets participating in the reporting and production of this site were: Austin Chronicle, Bitch magazine, In These Times, Jackson Free Press, LEO Weekly, Making Contact/ National Radio Project, Ms. magazine, People*Power*Media,Portland Mercury, Public News Service, and Santa Fe Reporter.
What is the Aim of this Project?
The aim of the site is to publish our investigation into the availability of Plan B One-Step in the wake of the FDA ruling making the emergency contraceptive legally available without a prescription to any woman of childbearing potential.
Why Plan B?
Media focus on fights over policy, but don’t always focus on the implementation of policies. The FDA ruled in 2008 that the emergency contraception known as Plan B One-Step could be sold over the counter to women over 18—that is, without a prescription. Prompted by court cases ruling that the age limitation on over the counter Plan B One-Step was arbitrary, the FDA ruled in June 2013 that Plan B One-Step should be sold over the counter to any woman of childbearing age.
As an emergency contraceptive, Plan B One-Step is taken after sexual intercourse—and must be taken within 3-5 days to be effective. That’s one reason Plan B One-Step is sold over-the counter. In this case, implementation is critical to the policy—if Plan B One-Step is not accessible, it is not effective. Reproductive Justice Project editors wanted to know if Plan B One-Step now is in fact accessible to women who may want to use it.
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