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Free emergency contraception to be available at Health Services

Starting this month, emergency contraception will be available free of cost at the Health Services center in John Jay. The update was provided earlier this evening in an e-mail sent out by Columbia Medical Services. From May 2014, students can obtain Plan B or Ella directly at Medical Services, instead of having to get a prescription from Columbia and present it at a pharmacy. More details about the emergency contraception is available on the Health Services website. Read the full e-mail from Medical Services after the jump.

Periodically, we provide updates about our services and programs. We would like to provide more information about the availability of Emergency Contraception dispensed at Medical Services.
Beginning May 2014, emergency contraception, including Plan B and Ella, will be available at Columbia Health Medical Services in John Jay Hall. There will be no additional cost to Columbia students who have paid the Columbia Health fee. Please check our Website for more information about the availability of emergency contraception at Medical Services.

Emergency contraception (EC) can be used by any woman who had recent unprotected intercourse or recent possible failure of another method of contraception. Emergency contraception is safe when used as directed by a health care professional.

Students can make an appointment with their health care provider by calling (212) 854-7426 or schedule an appointment online at After-hours, students may call Medical Services to speak with a health professional for advice.

Columbia Health is dedicated to providing programs, services, and resources that meet the needs of Columbia students on the Morningside Campus. We continually review our services and initiatives as well as take steps to provide quality care for our students in accordance with clinical practice guidelines.

For more information about EC, please contact your Medical Services provider at(212) 854-7426 or visit us online at

Columbia Health




  1. Columbia • May 13, 2014 at 12:23 am • Reply

    Killing babies left and right

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  2. Amanda • May 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm • Reply

    Just an FYI – Some forms of EC are available over-the-counter. AND you can get EC for free at any public hospital in the five boroughs. For more information, check out this Go Ask Alice! question:

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  3. Anon • May 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm • Reply

    Friendly reminder that emergency contraception prevents ovulation (and consequently fertilization) and is thus not an abortifacient.

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  4. empondiploxed • June 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm • Reply

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