Report: More Women Using Morning After Pill, 11% of All Women

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 14, 2013   |   12:59PM   |   Washington, DC

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds more women are using the morning after pill in the United States, with about 11 percent of all women having used it.

Although the usage has increased, the report finds women using are doing so just one time and not on a repeated basis. Some 5.8 million women used the morning after pill between 2006 and 2010 compared to about 4 percent in 2002.

“Among those who used the pill during those four years, 59 percent said they took it just once, while 24 percent said they used it twice, the report said,” according to Reuters. “Seventeen percent said they used it three times or more.”

“CDC’s findings showed the reasons for emergency contraception use varied depending on race and education levels,” it added. “Hispanics and blacks were more likely than whites to report using the drug after unprotected sex. More white women said they used it because they were worried their other birth control method had failed, CDC said. Those with at least some college education were more likely to use the pill than those with a high school education or less, according to the report, which is based on data from the CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth.”

“In a separate report on Thursday, CDC looked at overall contraceptive use and found that while the number of women using regular birth control pills has remained flat over time, the use of injections, patches and intrauterine devices has grown,” it said.

Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest responded to the new findings in an email to LifeNews.

She called news today from the CDC that one in nine American women have used life-ending drugs mislabeled as “emergency contraception” the “sad result of deceptive mislabeling.”

AUL Attorney Anna Franzonello testified twice during the hearings leading up to the announced HHS guidelines for healthcare, expressing AUL opposition to the mislabeling of life-ending drugs as “contraception” and to concerns for violations of Americans’ First Amendment Rights of Conscience, should they be forced to subsidize the deceptively labeled life-ending drugs.

Noting the CDC report today, Franzonello made the following statement: “AUL’s concern that life-ending drugs are being deceptively labeled as “contraception” has only increased since the period that the CDC’s National Center for Health Services (NCHS) study examined. In 2010, the FDA approved a new drug, ella, which can kill a human embryo even after implantation.



She continued:  “While the NCHS report suggests that use of so-called emergency contraception is common, recent studies show that Plan B—or the ‘morning after pill’— ‘prevent[s] fewer pregnancies than reported by the [World Health Organization].’ Even proponents of so-called ‘emergency contraception’ are acknowledging that ‘increased use [of Plan B] has not reduced rates of unintended pregnancies.’”

Franzonello told LifeNews: “The NCHS tells us nothing about the complications that women have experienced from using these drugs and devices.  Moreover, we know these life-ending drugs do nothing to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.  The CDC, coincidentally, released a report today on the “epidemic” of STDs faced by our nation.”