The pills are alive

A new campaign urges women to stock up on prescription emergency contraception, while we celebrate the birth of the birth control pill.

Published May 9, 2006 9:25PM (EDT)

Spotted in the early pages of the New York Post this morning: news of a new public awareness campaign urging women to get advance prescriptions of emergency contraception. The campaign will feature posters that read "Accidents happen," meant to hang in the offices of the 49,000 members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. According to the Post (via the Associated Press) the campaign has been launched in an effort to get doctors to make the morning-after pill more accessible in response to the Bush administration's stubborn-ass refusal to make it available over the counter. According to NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Women Are Waiting" clock, it has been about 1,910 days since the Food and Drug Administration was first petitioned by 70 medical and public health organizations on the matter.

In related news, Feministing reminds us that this week is the 46th anniversary of the FDA's approval of the first birth control pill, Enovid, and recommends that anyone interested in the history of oral contraception check out PBS's "Timeline: The Pill."

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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