Introducción de la anticoncepción de emergencia en la Norma Oficial Mexicana de Planificación Familiar" [Introducing emergency contraception in the Mexican Family Planning Official Norm]
Lara,Diana K.; van Dijk,Marieke G.; Garcia,Sandra G.; Grossman,Daniel
Gaceta Médica de México 143(6): 483-487
Publication date: 2007
Understand the process of including emergency contraception (EC) in the Mexican Family Planning Norm (NOM) and identify factors that influenced this achievement.
Materials and methods
We conducted in-depth interviews with eight prominent decisionmakers of state and federal government institutions.
The determining factor for the inclusion of EC in the Norm was the external review of scientific evidence, done by experts from the National Centre for Equity of Gender and Reproductive Health, proving that EC pills are not abortifacients. Other important factors that contributed to the inclusion were the ample support of civil organizations, the population's demand, and the Minister of Health's support of EC. The inclusion of EC in the essential drug list was perceived as a logical next step after its inclusion in the NOM.
The introduction of EC in Mexico highlights the importance of scientific evidence for decisionmaking. The process took about a decade, which reflects the complexity of converting research results into public policies. Measures should be taken to speed the processes that benefit women and society as a whole.