College Kids With Misinformation – The Emergency Contraception Edition
Like about whether emergency contraception is the same is abortion. A new issue of JOGNN includes results from a survey of college students on the topic – female college students at Adelphi University* were surveyed in 2007 about their knowledge, perceptions, and use of emergency contraception as well as past pregnancies and related topics.
About 600 women completed the survey. Among the findings:
- “Nearly 40% were unsure if EC was the same as RU-486 (mifepristone); 8% indicated that they believed EC and RU-486 were the same.”
- “Nearly 95% responded affirmatively when asked if they knew of the availability of EC in the United States; however, one third responded that a prescription was required to obtain EC.”
- “…only 8% of respondents indicated that they had received information about EC from their health care provider.”
- “Nearly 96% approve of EC in cases of rape or sexual assault and 82% approve in the case of a failed method of birth control.”
- Fifteen percent reported being pregnant at least once in their lifetime; 87% of the pregnancies were unplanned.
[Hat tip to @AbortionDr]
*The paper actually calls it “a private suburban university in the Mid-Atlantic region,” but both authors are Adelphi-affiliated.