Is a great article picked up by RH Reality Check written by Nikol Hasler, of Midwest Teen Sex Show fame. It is a clever piece about the accessibility of Plan B.
On a Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., I set out to discover just how easy it would be for me to get my hands on some emergency contraception. It all started with a web search.
Google: Plan B, Wisconsin, Over the Counter
My Internet search lead me to the Plan B website, which was helpful in telling me how the medication worked and what to expect after taking the two twelve-hour staggered doses of the hormone used in birth control pills at a super concentrated dose. When it came to where I could find the medication, I expected a zip code look up function. When I saw that no such function existed, I started to call the local pharmacies.
The sweet sounding girl who answered the phone, didn’t know what the hell I was talking about, and then ran off to ask the pharmacist, told me that I needed to get a prescription from my doctor. Given that I had just read that Plan B was available over-the-counter, this seemed strange to me, but given that this pharmacy indubitably deals with such requests frequently, I took the girl’s word for it. I called my primary physician’s office.
Go read the rest here. Also, don’t mind the moron in the comments who can’t wrap hir head around facts.
I can not say enough how important it is that we keep a doctor or nurse or pharmacist or any other health care provider’s morals out of the office. In a situation as urgent and delicate as failed contraceptive or rape or any other situation that could potentially lead to a life altering unplanned pregnancy we need to be sure that help is there when we need it, free from judgement. Just the facts. That is all we need.
Medical care and the facts surrounding it are what a woman needs to have available. She needs to be able to talk to her doctor and not be shamed or talked down to. I will also reiterate that it isn’t alway as easy to just go somewhere else.
I have to mention this other section from Nikol’s brilliant article:
When my boyfriend, who has gracefully come along with me on this adventure, approaches holding a bottle of lube, he asks loud enough for anyone nearby to hear how much my medication cost.
“It was $43.00,” I tell him, and he offers to pay half, putting his bottle of lube on the counter for purchase. I love him a little just then. He’s helped bring me back to how very natural this process ought to be.
So I encourage my male readers (I know you are out there, menz!) to speak up on things like protecting contraception and against the proposed HHS rule change (only today left!). Sex and contraception is the business of everyone involved in the bedroom (provided they are all consenting adults*, who should be the only ones there). Be a much loved ally in the fight of the woman you might love or care for.
*my definition of adult might be different than yours, I want to recognize the rights of young adults to be agents to their own bodies, and the importance that they be as informed about sex and contraception as possible.