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Opportunities for improving provision of emergency contraception in California

      Abstract

      Objectives

      To assess emergency contraception (EC) service provision by California's family planning clinics.

      Study Design

      We made 2 scripted calls to a random sample of 309 family planning clinics.

      Results

      We reached one hundred ninety-four clinics on 2 occasions, although only 183 (59%) could be reached with the information provided online by California's office of family planning. Of these 194 clinics, 27% responded that the clinic did not provide EC and 43% offered only levonorgestrel EC. Only 1 clinic asked about recent sexual assault and one other about their weight.

      Conclusions

      Prompt access to effective EC remains challenging in California. Clinic staff responding to requests for EC should provide trauma-informed care.

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