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Saturday, May 08, 2004

March Update

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Dear March Supporter,
We would like to thank you for your support for the March for Women's Lives. �We made history together! �

Reminder! - If you attended the March and did not receive a green sticker signifying that you were counted, please go to the march website ( here ) and click on "Count Me In". �If you have already done this, thank you for helping us get a more accurate official count.

Did you attend the March or rally? �Did you take some great photographs? �Would you like to share them with the world? �Please send your favorite digital photos to . �We will select photos to add to our online photo gallery of the March. �To view the gallery, you can go to the march homepage, here and click on "March Photos". �If you send in your photos, be aware that site visitors will be able to view them, download them and print them and by sending them you give the March Coalition the rights to use your photos.

Important Alert: from the Feminist Majority

In a last-ditch effort, we tried to stop the FDA from rejecting over-the-counter status for emergency contraception.

Outrageously, after more than one million of us Marched for Women's Lives in Washington, DC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late Thursday decided to reject over-the-counter status for emergency contraception. We must now make our voices heard once again expressing our anger that the FDA has allowed right-wing politics to trump women's health.

The FDA sent a letter late Thursday night to Barr Laboratories, the distributors of the emergency contraceptive Plan B, rejecting its application for over-the-counter status for the drug. This decision is despite the fact that the FDA's own expert advisory panels voted 23-4 in favor of making Plan B available over the counter. The FDA, however, left the door open and said Barr Laboratories could apply again if they provide evidence that Plan B is safe for young women under 16 or if they provide a two-tier marketing plan that would only allow over-the-counter status for women 16 years of age or older.

Right-wing groups and anti-reproductive rights members of Congress have been pressuring the FDA to reject approval of over-the-counter status. Medical research has overwhelmingly demonstrated the safety, efficacy, and need for emergency contraception over the counter.

We cannot allow anti-reproductive rights extremists to get away with taking this women's health and public health breakthrough product away from women seeking to avoid unintended pregnancy. It is imperative that we send thousands of messages to the FDA expressing our outrage that it has succumbed to political pressure and rejected approval for Plan B over the counter.

We urge you to send this critical alert to all of your friends and family. Together, we can make a difference.
Alice Cohan, for the March for Women's Lives.