There are a few things from Lee Spears' article ("Morning-After Pill Easier to Obtain" Feb. 20) that I believe need clarification. Spears states that emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) can be obtained without first consulting a doctor. Though women do not have to schedule a doctor's appointment or go to a doctor's office, a doctor or clinician must approve their prescription before it can be given. This is an integral part of the Dial EC project.
Emergency contraception is a safe and effective backup method. There are no contraindications to this medication, which is why it is safe to take at home. In fact, it is so safe that there is currently a petition before the Food and Drug Administration to make emergency contraception available over the counter.
The Dial EC hotline is free, though the pharmacy charges for the medication, and is open on weekends when other providers are not available. The toll free number is (866) 942-7762 and is available from anywhere in North Carolina. People can call to get a prescription for EC, or ask questions.
Planned Parenthood of Orange and Durham Counties