Kimra Luna, co-founder of Idaho Abortion Rights, said the group will receive 500 units of emergency contraception from Julie Products, Inc. .
Julie is a separate brand of Plan B emergency contraception with the same active ingredient and dosage that is intended to prevent pregnancy by temporarily delaying or stopping ovulation and is most effective when taken within 72 hours of intercourse, according to a press release. Julie is FDA-approved, and the company plans to donate one pack of the pill for every pack purchased. It is not the same drug used in a medical abortion that stops the progress of a pre-existing pregnancy.
Amanda E/J Morrison, co-founder and president of Julie Products, said the company’s goal is to destigmatize the use of emergency contraception and provide access to communities called “contraceptive deserts” that lack access to a full range of birth control options. Donations are prioritized for communities with larger populations of the uninsured or underinsured, communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and people living in states with strict abortion laws, such as Idaho.
Morrison said she and her co-founders chose the name Julie to give the brand a friendly vibe.
“We felt like people had such a negative or, frankly, indifferent relationship to healthcare and pharmaceuticals, so we really wanted to personify it and give it a soft, approachable name,” she said. “Everyone knows a Julie — she’s your big sister, she’s your aunt or cousin, and she’s just here to tell you how it is.”
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Luna told the Idaho Capital Sun that the pills will be available at several existing distribution locations in Idaho, with plans to expand the number of locations. Luna said in addition to emergency contraception, the distribution sites have free condoms, pregnancy tests and literature on how to get other methods of birth control. Outside of the Treasure Valley, there are also locations in Bonners Ferry, Grangeville and Kendrick health clinics, according to the group. website.
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“We always make sure (the distribution site is) a place where employees won’t be judgmental towards people,” Luna said.
Abortion rights in Idaho were established in March 2022 after the signature of Governor Brad Little Senate Bill 1309, the law’s civil enforcement mechanism through which lawsuits can be brought against medical providers who perform abortions. The group has since held protests and rallies to fight against abortion restrictions in Idaho and has provided assistance to those in need of abortion or other reproductive care, including car rides, sex education, and abortion classes.
Luna said the collaboration with Julie came about over the past few months as the collective looked for ways to expand their efforts.
“We started researching groups that could help us with our goal of getting Plan B into everyone’s hands, and one of our members was just researching, Julie thought, and Julie wanted to support what we were doing,” Luna said.
Luna said that regardless of what happens to the Idaho legislature this session and what laws are passed, including laws banning emergency contraception like Plan B and Julie, her group plans to continue trying to reach people through the same means because they think people should do that. have control over their own bodies.
“People make mistakes and I think people should be able to do something that is responsible if a mistake is made,” said Luna. “There are people on birth control who still use emergency contraception if they think they can get pregnant, so it helps people feel more confident in their decisions and also more confident in their sex lives. And they’re very expensive, so people who can’t afford them deserve to have access to them, especially knowing that if they can’t afford that, they probably can’t afford to care for a child either. ”
All emergency contraception information provided by Idaho Abortion Rights is on the group’s website websitesaid Luna, as well as information for anyone who wants to join the collective and become a volunteer.
“We are very excited about the support we receive from Julie. This is something that will really help Idahoans, especially with the current political climate,” Luna said. “Any support we red states can get is greatly appreciated.”