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Saying ‘no’ during sex isn’t enough for rape, court says

Saying ‘no’ during sex isn’t enough for rape, court says
Kathleen Cullinan, The Examiner
Nov 1, 2006

BALTIMORE - A teenage woman who agreed to have sex with another teen, but told him to stop before they were finished was not raped under Maryland law if he ignored her request, an appeals court said.

Reversing a Montgomery County man’s rape conviction on the ground that the trial judge improperly responded to a question from the jury, the Court of Special Appeals said Monday that “no rape occurred if the jury found that” the 18-year-old woman in the case “withdrew her prior consent after penetration.”

However, a refusal to stop might constitute assault, the court said.

Activists and several legislators were quick to condemn the ruling, and the state law they said it relied upon.

“If you’re a teenage girl and you [decide] to have sex with your boyfriend, and no sooner than the deed is begun you think, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing? I could get pregnant, I could ruin my life’ — and you scream, ‘G…

Plan B Emergency Contraception to Hit Pharmacy Shelves this month!

For Immediate Release from
Contact: Christina Tenuta
November 8, 2006

New York, NY--For the first time ever, emergency contraception, also known as “the morning after pill” will be available for purchase without a prescription for women and men 18 years of age and older. On November 1, 2006, Barr Laboratories began shipping its over the counter Plan B emergency contraceptive product to the nation’s pharmacies. It is expected to be on the shelves by mid-November. Women under 18 will still need a prescription from their doctor.

“A major barrier to EC access has just been lifted. Women will now be able to get this safe and effective method of pregnancy prevention when they need it, at the pharmacy” said Christina Tenuta, coordinator of the Back Up Your Birth Control campaign, a 5-year old advocacy initiative that includes more than 100 organizations working to educate women and men across the country about the safety and effectiveness of emergency contra…

FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Access for Plan B for Women 18 and Older

August 24, 2006
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FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Access for Plan B for Women 18 and Older
Prescription Remains Required for Those 17 and Under

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced approval of Plan B, a contraceptive drug, as an over-the-counter (OTC) option for women aged 18 and older. Plan B is often referred to as emergency contraception or the "morning after pill." It contains an ingredient used in prescription birth control pills--only in the case of Plan B, each pill contains a higher dose and the product has a different dosing regimen. Like other birth control pills, Plan B has been available to all women as a prescription drug. When used as directed, Plan B effectively and safely prevents pregnancy. Plan B will remain available as a prescription-only product for women age 17 and under.

Duramed, a subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, will make Plan B available with a rigorous labeling, pack…