Emergency Contraceptive over the counter, but not without a fight.
After a 3 year long battle with the FDA, the emergency contraceptive, Plan B is finally over the counter. It will be avail;able in major pharmacies by the end of this year for women 18 years of age or older.
Both sides of this issue are still arguing about the details:
Opponents argue that it will promote promiscuity among teens and give them permission to have sex at any time. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards is upset about the age restrictions and explains “The U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the Western world. Anything that makes it harder for teenagers to avoid unintended pregnancy is bad medicine and bad public policy.”
Why can’t we just be happy about this first step? This medication is intended to be used only for emergencies when couples are already using one form of contraception and they realize they were unprotected (ie. a woman forgot to take her birth control pill, or started it too late in her cycle, or a broken condom).
Yes, there will be some issues to iron out once this pill is “out there” but it is a safe, effective way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy that a woman can use quickly, discretely and wisely that avoids much larger decisions later.
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