"We want women to be prepared, well before a contraceptive failure or unprotected sex occurs. Afterward may be too late," said Dr. Michael Mennuti, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The morning-after pill is a high dose of regular birth control pills. It cuts the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent if used within 72 hours of rape, condom failure or just forgetting routine contraception.
Okay what exactly constitutes an emergency where birth control is concerned? Well the article mentions "contraception failure". How likely is this? Oh I know that condems can get holes in them but does anyone actually check out a used condom to see if it failed? "Was it good for you dear? Let's cuddle but first why don't you check out the condom for leaks. Wouldn't want to have to rush out to the drug store."
Then there is rape and that I believe may be the only legitimate reason to use a morning after pill, but if a woman was raped, certainly she would be able to get a perscription if not the pill itself when she is treated. Otherwise are the proponents of this pill suggesting that every woman be prepared to get raped and not seek medical treatment? They are sending a mixed message i think.
So that leaves the last "emergency" which is unprotected sex. Unprotected sex an emeregency? Seems to me that the woman (and let's save the "men should share the responsibilty of birth control" argument for another post) who has unprotected sex has issues other than the need for emergency birth control. She puts her body at risk for a few moments of pleasure and then thinks "Oh hey I'll just pop on down to Wal-Mart with this emergency perscription and voila! Everything is OK!"
My conservative Christian morality screams that that is NOT the kind of behavior we as a society should encourage. And yet there is a concerted effort to get this medicine sold over the counter.
The new "Ask me" campaign takes the discussion back to doctors' offices. ACOG is providing its 49,000 members with waiting-room posters to urge women of childbearing age to ask about a prescription they could keep on hand in case they need emergency contraception in the future.Actual contraceptive failure is a rare accident. Rape is not an accident at all. Nor is deciding to have unprotected sex because you can't be bothered to use contraception. And this campaign is aimed at making it easier for women to live with the mind set of "Sex now, no consequences later".
"Accidents happen," the posters say.