The Internet has been abuzz this week with talk of the “pullout generation”—women who eschew modern birth control methods in favor of “coitus interruptus.” It’s a method that has been around since the dawn of time and has likely averted millions of pregnancies, but is it really good enough?
Abortion was a rite of passage for most of the girls I knew in the small Southern town where I spent my teenage years. As a contraceptive measure, teenagers did what teenagers have been doing forever — they pulled out. Any other birth control was a premeditated sin.
Any time a friend has described their method of birth control as
“pulling out,” I instinctively give them a judgmental look. We won
Griswold v. Connecticut. We can buy condoms at any corner store. Sure,
Plan B is over the counter, but why risk it?