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Elizabeth Dawes Gay

Elizabeth Dawes Gay is a health and social justice advocate. She believes that health is a human right and has devoted her life’s work to helping create a world where all people have the necessary tools, resources, and opportunities to live well and healthy lives. Elizabeth has a particular passion for sexual, reproductive, and maternal health and for the empowerment of Black women.


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2014: The Year of the IUD?

Elizabeth Dawes Gay

Several developments could help make this the year of the intrauterine device: the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit, a new tool that could make insertion easier and less painful, a possible generic IUD arriving on the market, and more.

Analysis Contraception

Learning from Levi: The Need for Contraceptive Information, Access, and Options

Elizabeth Dawes Gay

Levi Johnston, infamous for his association with former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, and his now-girlfriend Sunny are expecting a child together and have informed the press that the pregnancy was unplanned. Instead of mocking Levi’s many adventures in contraceptive use (or lack thereof), let’s have a serious discussion about how to expand access and adherence to the various methods that are available to those who do not wish to become pregnant.

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Birth Control in Vending Machines? It’s About Time.

Elizabeth Dawes Gay

For the past two years, the Etter Health Center at Shippensburg University, a small-town Pennsylvania school, has provided access to a vending machine that dispenses Plan B One-Step® (among other health products) to students at a cost of $25. While politicians and political elites continue to get their knickers in a twist over contraception, it is heartening to see some public health experts who just get it.

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