Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.
The Obama administration advances a misguided argument and denies it is playing politics with emergency contraception.
The Obama administration announced it was appealing a federal court order that lifted age-restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception.
The science is in and has been for awhile: Emergency contraception prevents fertilization. But anti-choicers continue to push quack science asserting the opposite. Why?
Since EC clearly reduces the incidence of unplanned pregnancies, making it available wherever humans congregate—both on and off-campus—makes good, pragmatic sense.
Native American women don’t have access to emergency contraception despite repeated requests by women’s groups to the Indian Health Service. Everyone from the IHS to the Department of the Interior to Senators to the White House is involved in the decision, but no one appears to be taking responsiblity. How much longer do Native women have to wait?
It is an outrage that not only may it be difficult to physically access Plan B but also lack of information regarding emergency contraceptives can serve as an obstacle for young women who have been sexually assaulted.
Here is a $12 billion problem we really can actually go a long way towards eliminating.
The GOP platform committee did not amend language from the 2004 and 2008 GOP platforms, which “assert the sanctity of human life,” and provide no exceptions to abortion in any case whatsoever. The committee add language opposing drugs such as mifepristone, but members agreed that this platform amendment did not apply to EC.
The church tries to clarify its own position on rape, but leaves things even more confusing.