Sorry today’s post is late. I blame it on Pluto being in the seventh house.
Wait a second, you mean to tell me Pluto’s not a planet anymore? Oh no, astrology is ruined! Again!
In that case, I blame it on the big party going on thanks to the end of the stem cell debate, now that scientists have developed a way to extract stem cells without impairing baby potential.
Hold on, you mean that’s just going to start a whole new debate? Well, crap.
I guess today’s post is late because I’m just so excited about the FDA approving over-the-counter sales of the morning after pill. And guess what? There’s no (huge) downside. It’s just that simple: adult women can now purchase Plan B without a prescription. That’s huge. It’s a good article, too, so check it out (just sign up for the damned free registration or go to bugmenot.com). Here’s a blub:
Anti-abortion groups strongly opposed Barrâ€™s application to switch Plan B from prescription to over-the-counter status, saying that the medicine is an abortion pill whose widespread availability could lead to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases.
Abortion rights advocates pushed equally hard to get the application approved, contending that easy access to Plan B would sharply reduce the nearly 1 million abortions performed each year in the United States.
Both sides are wrong, studies suggest. Couples in the United States have so much unprotected sex â€” half of all pregnancies are unplanned â€” that even if the pills were passed out like lollipops, they would be unlikely to cause a major change in abortion and disease rates.
So as usual, both sides are twisting things to push their politics, but what it comes down to is this: it’s contraception that is about as far removed from baby killing as is jacking off into a tissue. If used properly, it’s not dangerous in the least. If used improperly, you’re an idiot who deserves death. It’s not a political issue, it’s just common sense.
Though I must admit I may be a little biased. I was 21 the first (and only, thus far) time a condom broke. While my (now ex)boyfriend panicked, I breathed deeply and remembered what the doctors at Planned Parenthood told me (we weren’t taught this in high school health class) — I had a window of a few days to get the pill. The next morning I called PP, set up an immediate appointment, took the bus out that afternoon, got an examination and a prescription, went to the pharmacy, and took the pill. I had no job at the time and so no insurance. PP charged me whatever donation I could afford (I scrounged up $10). Washington State paid for the pill. Had I not lived in a large liberal city in a state with nearly socialist leanings, who knows what would’ve happened.
It’s just stupid that this has taken so long to be approved for over the counter use, and it’s all thanks to somebody getting their religion all tangled up in my science. Let’s hear it for progress!