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On Tuesday, March 26, the New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation, along with feminist allies led a flash-mob inside of a busy pharmacy in NYC (Duane Reade at 14th Street and 7th Avenue) where more than 20 women defied regulations and placed the Morning-After Pill on the shelf, right next to the condoms in the ‘Family Planning’ section of the store..
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For over 10 years, members of National Women’s Liberation have been fighting to make the Morning-After Pill available over-the-counter in the United States. This birth control is most effective when taken within 24 hours after sex. Having it at our fingertips would be a huge leap forward for women and girls.
Scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agree that the Morning-After Pill is safe to be over-the-counter for women of all ages. But for years the Bush White house blocked access.
In 2006, because of a suit filed by NWL against the FDA, the prescription requirement was lifted. However, a medically unnecessary age restriction was put into place, making the pill physically inaccessible to everyone because it is kept “behind-the-counter” at pharmacies and an ID must be shown to buy it.
Currently, Health & Human Services (HHS), with the full support of the Obama Administration, is blocking over-the-counter access.
National Women’s Liberation members are part of a lawsuit against the FDA and HHS, Tummino v. Hamburg, which could remove all restrictions to the Morning-After Pill. The Judge in the case has indicated that he will make a decision by the end of the month. We are in the home stretch of a long battle – join us and send a message that women won’t accept any more compromises!
A video of the action on Tuesday is getting lots of views and organizers would like to make it “viral” to the point that word of it gets to the Obama Administration. This can be especially important as a verdict in the suit may be handed down any day. You can participate in this part of the action by passing on the link to the video.
Joy of Resistance is proud to have been one of the handful of media given advance notice of this “surprise” event. We are posting here the sounds of the demo recorded inside of the Duane Reade store while the action was taking place, in the street afterwards and three interviews that explain the history and thinking behind this action–conducted by Fran Luck of Joy of Resistance and played on our show the next night–Wednesday, March 27 between 9 and 10 pm (@WBAI, 99.5 FM, airing 1st & 3rd Wednesdays).