So, Plan B laws have changed and fifteen year-old kids can now obtain the emergency contraceptive pill over the counter, which I think is wonderful because sometimes condoms break or sweet little girls get raped and impregnated and are too scared to tell anyone. Or, sometimes young women — gasp — like to be in control of their sexuality and their bodies. More
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It was only in 2011 that President Obama majorly pissed me off with some “daddy knows best” nonsense. Contrary to the findings of doctors, researchers, and even the flipping FDA, the ObamaÂ administration’sÂ Kathleen SebeliusÂ overturned the decisionÂ to make Plan B available to girls without a prescription. Then, to make matters even worse, Obama had to give us all a paternalistic lecture about how since he was a father of two girls, he was more entitled to be making decisions regarding girls and their sexual health than, say, the “rigorous” efforts and findings of doctors. Well,Â Edward R. Korman of Federal District Court is calling that decisionÂ âarbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.â More
Guess what? If you give women safe ways to control their chances of having a baby, they’ll use them! If you give us access to useful tools like emergency contraception, we’ll take advantage of them! More
So we’re going about the issue of underage girls having access to Plan B in a different way this time around. More
Teen pregnancy isn’t a good thing, having to use Plan B isn’t a good thing, feeling like you can’t go to your parents for advice isn’t a good thing. We can all agree on this, but that doesn’t make any of these not good things any less of a reality. More
Research shows that our political debates over emergency contraception are based on old facts. How will the correct information change the “Personhood” and birth control debates that are heating up the Presidential election? Here’s what you need to know. More
The truth is this: young women aged 17 or older are legally permitted to acquire Plan B One-Step or similar “morning-after” medication (Next Choice or other generics) without a prescription. They just have to go to a pharmacist and ask for it. So…why are 19% of 17-year-olds being told by pharmacists that they can’t have it? Easy: either the pharmacists are unaware of the law, or they are lying.
A recent undercover investigation found that pharmacists often try to deter teens from taking the pill, which is basically a concentrated dose of hormones to prevent the ovary from releasing an egg (let me reiterate, because it is important: it is not an abortion pill, it does not cause an abortion), and thus, prevent pregnancy in the event of a potentially unsafe sexual encounter.
When you hear the words “women’s health experts,” you don’t exactly think of middle-aged men in suits. But that’s precisely who’s trying to control our reproductive rights here in the U.S. â middle-aged men in suits (a.k.a. politicians). And let me tell you, it’s highly disturbing (“Personhood” alone is cringe-worthy).
Personhood laws which seek to give embryos the same rights as a person are still among us. The extreme measure divides even the pro-life crowd as these laws would outlaw some forms of contraception and even IVF practices in the name of protecting life. Despite Personhood being voted down in Mississippi, Oklahoma’s version of Personhood will reportedly outlaw certain forms of contraception like the morning after pill. But also, doctors who perform IVF would face legal repercussions for helping women conceive. More
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Plan B is still considered a controversial drug to many and the FDA’s overturned decision to have it available without a prescription still has some rightly fuming. But if you happen to attend Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, you don’t even have to bother heading to a pharmacy. Because if you stroll on over to the health center, you’ll find Plan B in a vending machine along with condoms, decongestants, and pregnancy tests — and for just $25. More
Last month we wrote about Plan B â or “the morning after pill” â not being available over the counter because, you know, girls under 17 might not understand how to swallow a pill with water. Now a CVS pharmacy in Mesquite is taking this ridiculousness one step further; they allegedly refused to sell Plan B to a man because, well, how could they be sure he’s not a rapist? More
News for President Obama who recently used his platform as a parent to buckle down on Plan B being overturned. Despite the sign off by the FDA saying that the pill was safe for all girls of childbearing age, Kathleen Sebelius overturned the decision — a move that Obama supported specifically as a “father of two girls.” He expressed that “most parents” would agree with him in his concern for the availability of emergency contraception and that we needed to exhibit some “common sense.”
Well, Mr. President “most parents” around here do not agree with you. More
So not only was Plan B overruled at the last minute despite the FDA’s consensus that the pill was safe for girls of childbearing age, now President Obama has come out in support of the decision — and on a very specific platform. The President used his status as a father to justify the decision being overturned. More
It all started back in ’96, when I met a guy â we’ll call him “Steve” â while backpacking through Southeast Asia. Steve was charming and kind. His British accent didn’t hurt matters, either. He made me laugh like no other and, in typical 20-something fashion, we had a short-lived but totally passionate affair that included the usual travel adventures topped off with non-stop sex.
“Oh, shit, the condom ripped,” Steve told me one drunken night, post-coitus. Never before had I sobered up so quickly. More