About The South Carolina Emergency Contraceptive Initiative
Every day in South Carolina, young women face the possibility of a pregnancy they did not intend and may not want:
- Their regular method of contraception failed,
- They were raped or sexually assaulted,
- They missed their contraceptive shot or forgot some pills
- They did not use a method of protection.
No young woman should have to face an unwanted pregnancy when there is medication to prevent it. Yet many young women in South Carolina do not know about emergency birth control.
The South Carolina Emergency Contraception Initiative, a project of New Morning Foundation and Advocates for Youth, is designed to help young women prevent unintended pregnancy by educating them and others in our state about emergency birth control pills.
We work in partnership with Princeton University and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) to identify a network of health care providers and pharmacists in South Carolina that will assist young women in need to obtain emergency birth control and related health care services.
Our Services and Activities
We work with health care providers, youth-serving professionals, parents and young women in the South Carolina cities of Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg. We provide, among other services:
For Young Women, ages 16 to 24
- A Web site, www.morningafterinfo.org, with information about emergency birth control pills
- Workshops and leadership institutes for peer educators and youth advocates
- Up-to-date publications and pamphlets
- A directory of health care providers who can prescribe emergency birth control pills
- A directory of pharmacies that stock the medication.
For Health Care Professionals, Pharmacists and other Caring Adults
- Publications with the latest facts
- Clinical practice guidelines for health care practitioners
- Emergency room protocols
- Best practice guidelines for college health and crisis counseling centers
- Pamphlets and wallet cards for distribution to young women
- Training on issues related to emergency birth control.
For Professional Associations, College Organizations, Rape Crisis Centers and Community-based Organizations
- In-depth technical assistance and training for associations’ members
- Up-to-date resource materials and educational opportunities
- Seed grants, materials and technical assistance to conduct local emergency birth control awareness campaigns, and
- Networking opportunities.
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Please contact us at:
The South Carolina Emergency Contraception Initiative
1316 Washington St., Suite 101
Columbia, SC 29201
phone: 803.771.0104 | fax: 803. 799.8019