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Native women push for improved access to Plan B

Native women push for improved access to Plan B

CREATED Mar 11, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Any woman 17 and older can get emergency contraception from behind the counter at retail pharmacies.
   
But the federal Indian Health Service has no such pharmacies and treats emergency contraception the same as getting aspirin or cough syrup. Women who are enrolled in any federally recognized tribe must visit an IHS facility and consult with a health care provider before they're prescribed the medicine that's then dispensed on site.
   
Some American Indian women says it's an unnecessary burden and have been pushing for emergency contraception, particularly Plan B, to be available over the counter through IHS service units.
   
But an IHS official says while getting emergency contraception at the facilities may be different than elsewhere, it's not inaccessible and the consultations are part of a larger health care system.

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