I Think Plan B Should Be Available to Everyone, Out from "Behind-the-Counter"

Plan B, the medication to be taken if unprotected sex or "barrier failure" happens (read: condom malfunction,) should be available to everyone, regardless of age.Teenagers can already buy condoms without having to provide ID or speak to a pharmacist.  Thank goodness - most teenagers, in my opinion, would rather skip the condoms altogether than have to ask for them.  (I only hope most teenagers don't choose to skip the condoms altogether, for any reason!)  Why shouldn't this medication be available to teenagers in the same manner?...more

Controversy Over The New Emergency Contraceptive Approved By The FDA

I recently wrote a post about the controversial proposal of making birth control pills available over-the-counter, and in even more controversial news, on Friday the FDA approved a new (prescription only) emergency contraceptive. This new emergency contraception is not the morning after pill, but it's not an abortion pill either. ...more

The last line of your argument untangles the whole thing. "...of all the possible pregnancies it ...more

Don't Drop the Ball on New Year's Eve

I have mixed feelings about the National Institute for Reproductive Health's New Year's Eve birth control campaign, Don't Drop the Ball. It's a humorous website that reminds women that if something goes wrong with their primary method of birth control, women have a 120 hour window to prevent pregnancy by using emergency contraceptives (EC). The site encourages women to send a funny text message about different EC options. There's even a video about a text message mishap to ...more

Science at Last Trumps Ideology and Politics

It's been a way too long time coming, and who knows how many thousands of women women have been denied access to reproductive health care they needed during the delay? ...more

John McCain’s Wrong Answers to Working Women’s Questions—Now Give Him Your Answer at the Ballot Box

Don’t get excited. John McCain didn’t respond directly to the questions about his positions on economic and reproductive justice we (Carole Joffe and I) first put to him on Labor Day and have been asking him ever since. ...more

Pharmacists exist to fill my prescriptions. That's their job.

Further, it is part of a nurse's job to care for their patients no matter what they're in for. And it is the responsibility of doctors to provide care for their patients within the scope of their specialty. But more and more, medical professionals are refusing to do their jobs because of their personal, moral and/or religious beliefs. And I've been really confused by this, because I was raised by a conservative. ...more

I appreciate it. It's something that's been bugging me for a long time.


Happy Birthday Plan B

It's been one year since the FDA approved Plan B aka Emergency Contraception for sale over the counter. In the first year sales of Plan B have skyrocketed. with 2007 sales predicted to hit 80 million dollars. Here are a few bloggers who recognized the birthday on their blogs. Rachel from Women's Health News is encouraging people join the Pill Patrol. Despite over-the-counter availability, not all pharmacies stock the drug, and not all pharmacy staff are adequately informed about or willing to dispense Plan B. To that end, Planned Parenthood has launched the Pill Patrol campaign, in which women can sign up online to serve as secret shoppers, calling or visiting a nearby pharmacy and reporting back on whether the pharmacy will provide the drug. ...more

I think a lot of us go along ignoring the zealots - regardless of which side of the fence ...more