December 9th, 2011
01:50 PM ET

As Obama overrules the FDA on Plan B One-Step, access to emergency contraception in Asia grows

By Krista Mahr, TIME

The first time that I asked my GP in Hong Kong for a prescription for birth control pills, she stopped scribbling down her notes in my file and looked up at me. “You don’t need a prescription for that,” she said, bemused. In Hong Kong, as in some other parts of the world, birth control pills are available over the counter; you can pick up your favorite brand in the drug store aisle next to condoms and pregnancy tests. Sitting there in the doctor’s chair, I felt 1) a little guilty of the beloved American habit of assuming U.S. policy is the global norm and 2) a little surprised at being the person in the room with the most conservative notions about contraception. FULL POST

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Topics: Asia • Sex
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