Poor, Black and Hispanic Women Are More Often Counseled on Emergency Contraception

The number of women using emergency contraceptives — commonly known as the morning-after pill or Plan B — has increased significantly in the last decade, according to the results of a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2002 to 2006-10, the percentage of women who reported using an emergency contraceptive in the last 12 months rose to 2.2 percent from 0.9 percent, a 144 percent change.

The increase, while drastic in terms of percentage, is not very surprising, said the report’s lead author, Gladys Martinez, because awareness of and access to emergency contraceptives have increased in recent years.

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