Our Mission and Work
The mission of the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC) is to expand access to and information about emergency contraception in the United States.
We carry out this mission by
- Facilitating collaboration among partner organizations through our communications list of more than 900 members
- Co-hosting the only dedicated annual meeting in the US focused on EC with our partner, the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC)
- Disseminating news, research and innovative service delivery concepts
- Providing technical insight and expert review to attorneys fighting for reproductive justice, researchers at many institutions worldwide, programs developing materials around EC, and journalists writing about EC
Recent ASEC activities include
- Summarizing the evidence about whether body weight affects the efficacy of EC. Click here to read the statement.
- Conducting a nation-wide study of real-world access to EC in stores and pharmacies. Click here to read the report.
- Conducting a nation-wide study of EC pricing. Click here to read the report.
- Providing scientific guidance and endorsement on amicus briefs for legal cases in which religiously-based employers are fighting requirements to cover contraceptives, particularly EC, under the Affordable Care Act. Read the Physicians for Reproductive Health Supreme Court brief here.
- Hosting 145 participants at our 2014 joint ASEC/ICEC annual meeting (the EC Jamboree), which featured presentations from EC experts from around the world. For more information on our annual conference, click here.
- Increasing our communications list from under 100 members in 2009 to over 900 in 2015
- Executive Director Kelly Cleland addressed the President’s Council on Science and Technology regarding the breach of scientific integrity in the 2011 decision to maintain restrictions on EC. Watch the proceedings here.
- Collaborating with ICEC on evidence-based fact sheets about emergency contraception