Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Plan B

In a move of subversion that must be applauded, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Monday recommended that women get prescriptions for Plan B, the emergency contraception pill, filled now. You know, just in case. Because the FDA is dragging its feet on approving OTC status for Plan B.

This quote from Ms. Magazine:
Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, birth-control failure, or rape. Most states require a doctor’s prescription, which takes time and therefore increases risk of pregnancy. Making access even more difficult, in some states pharmacists can refuse to fill EC prescriptions based on religious beliefs.
Despite several of its own scientists recommending approval for OTC status, the FDA continues to delay, delay, delay.

The old tired rhetoric from religious fundamentalists continues to be trotted out. "This will just encourage teenagers to have sex." As if teenagers needed any encouragement. Yet again, the implication being that it is the girl who is responsible and should therefore be punished.

Thank you Eve. Let's just skip over the part where Adam could have said "no."


Blogger Karen M said...

This was a great story to feature, Thursday!

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me her doctor brought up this very topic with her and suggested the importance (especially for perimenopausal women, who may not wish/plan to have more children) of having a prescription before it is needed... e.g., if a condom breaks.

She also took the time to explain the science behind Plan B and how it actually works, and how it is not an abortificient, as the Right persists in their efforts to dissuade the FDA from approving it for OTC sales.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Thursday Next said...

"Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy. It is, however, often confused with medical abortion. Emergency contraception and the abortion pill RU-486 are not the same thing. EC works before a pregnancy is established, not afterward. If a woman is already pregnant, EC will not work, nor will it terminate her pregnancy."
From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.

I think it's really important to get this information out and educate as many people as possible about the differences between the "morning after pill" and RU-486.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Karen M said...

Especially because they need to know which one they might need, given their particular circumstances.

8:23 AM  

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