Unplanned pregnancy scares me – which is why for me, morning after emergency contraception ranks right up there with penicillin for most-amazing-scientific-discovery. Why? Because it prevents pregnancy. It’s not an abortion, because pregnancy doesn’t even occur. It’s peace of mind, and best of all, it’s available Over The Counter. Of course, OTC should mean that you can walk into your local CVS and pick it up off the shelf. It should mean that any woman who needs it should be able to get it well within the five day period after unprotected sex, when it is effective. Of course, the sooner you take it, the better, so ideally (and legally) you should realize that you may be at risk for an unwanted pregnancy, make a quick stop at the pharmacy, pop a pill, and get on with the rest of your life. It really shouldn’t be any bigger a deal than taking an aspirin – and there are no medical reasons for it to be restricted based on age.
This is slut shaming of the worst kind – government sanctioned, and it must stop. Today the Center for Reproductive Rights will be suing the FDA to obey the court ruling, and make emergency contraception available to all women – regardless of age. Show your support by signing their petition, because while you may be over 17 years old, somewhere there is a girl who is not – and neither you nor her deserve to feel shame for asking for a safe, legal, over the counter medication.
Thanks to NYCprochoiceMD for her help with this piece.