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About Us

OUR MISSION AND WORK

The American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC) is here to create a world in which everyone, everywhere has access to affordable emergency contraception without barriers or stigma. We work to knock down
obstacles, build community infrastructure, and disseminate accurate information about emergency contraception in the United States. ASEC serves a unique role in the reproductive health, rights, and justice
movement as an authoritative resource on EC. To support ASEC’s work, click here to donate through our fiscal sponsor, Ipas.

We carry out this mission out by:

  • Providing expert guidance and technical assistance to movement partners on clinical and access issues  

  • Hosting the only dedicated annual meeting in the US focused on EC for healthcare providers, community activists, pharmaceutical partners, and researchers

  • Disseminating news, research and innovative service delivery concepts

  • Leading a nation-wide campaign (Emergency Contraception for Every Campus) to support student activists on college campuses who advocate for EC vending machines and launch peer-to-peer distribution programs. 

Recent ASEC activities include:

  • Launching our first-ever cohort of Regional Organizing Fellows for our Emergency Contraception for Every Campus (EC4EC) program

  • Publishing a commentary in the journal Contraception on the critical need for EC in a post-Dobbs America.

  • Producing evidence-based factsheets about the effect of body weight on EC, EC for transgender and nonbinary patients, and the mechanism of action of EC pills

  • Conducting a nation-wide study of real-world EC access 

  • Providing expert testimony in legislative hearings and court cases 

  • Initiating a 50-state policy and legal analysis project in cooperation with law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Transparency

ASEC is fiscally sponsored by Ipas. We receive funding from a range of individuals, foundations, and companies to support our ongoing projects and annual meeting. ASEC is committed to scientific rigor and objectivity; our clinical guidance is always based on the best available peer-reviewed evidence and reviewed by a committee of experts. Working with the private sector is essential to our mission; without the products that private-sector companies manufacture, there is no access to EC. Our guiding principles in working with the private sector are:

  • We make every attempt to engage with all actors in a given space (EC manufacturers, vending machine companies, etc)

  • We never enter into exclusive agreements with companies

  • We do not allow companies to influence our recommendations or strategy

  • We protect the interests of the students and activists we work with

  • We focus on the long game when it comes to accessibility of EC

Current and past ASEC supporters include: 

  • Generous individual donors

  • Afaxys

  • AfterPill

  • Argosy Foundation

  • Foundation Consumer Healthcare

  • HRA Pharma

  • Lefkofsky Family Foundation

  • Pandia Health

  • Straus Foundation

  • Tara Health Foundation

  • Toby's Fund for Reproductive Health Equity

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