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PLAN B: Prompt access is vital for effectiveness

Letter by Sophie DeWitt, Tacoma on Feb. 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm with 34 Comments »
March 1, 2012 9:43 am

I believe the ability to control your own fertility is a fundamental right. The decision to take the Plan B pill falls within this right.

Plan B is a form of emergency contraception that has proven to be safe and effective. However, the effectiveness of the pill drastically declines if a woman does not have prompt access to it. Limiting the distribution of Plan B in pharmacies trumps patients’ rights and increases the risk of unintended pregnancy.

How can legislators and pharmacists who are staunchly anti-choice eliminate access to a pill that reduces the need for abortion? Anti-choice hardliners and extremists are doing nothing to prevent unintended pregnancies and instead choose to further limit women’s reproductive rights.

 

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  1. Here’s a novel idea on “controlling your own fertility”…..Keep your silly pants on!

  2. aislander says:

    How can you have a “right” that forces someone else to do something for you?

    Sounds rather like slavery…

  3. How can you have a “right” that forces someone else to do something for you?

    Sounds rather like slavery…

    “Right to Life” forces a woman to bear a child….sounds like slavery.

  4. Theefrinker says:

    “How can legislators and pharmacists who are staunchly anti-choice eliminate access to a pill that reduces the need for abortion?”

    Sophie, this is one of the best points mentioned so far; good job. Unfortunately, they are incapable of recognizing their own hypocritical counter-productiveness.

  5. I agree “aislander”. There are scores of pharmacies around the area.

    If one chooses–which should be THEIR right–not to carry a certain product then that is their business and choice. Those who want this “Plan B” stuff can then simply take themselves elsewhere for their needs.

    Frankly, I just don’t see how anyone with a brain can argue against that. That of course leaves out the “entitled”, who often times fail to convince me that they HAVE a brain!

    Yeah folks, remember..its ALL about YOU!

  6. Beerboy…..I dont think this has anything to do with “right to life”..What it REALLY is, is one group attempting to force another group to accommodate against their will.

    Ahhh, how about THAT!! Guess we are skirting that old “tolerance and equality” thing again.

    More like “tolerate” ME and my entitlements, or I’ll toss a fit and stomp my feet in another tantrum right?

  7. sandblower says:

    Dcr628, if the so-called forcing was against something reasonable and not about woman’s health, I could agree with you. The ridiculousness of the basis for which you and others are making the argument is the problem. It is hypocritical among other things.

  8. alindasue says:

    OK, Ms. DeWitt. I’m afraid you lost me at “anti-choice”.

    “Anti-choice” is a term that is frequently used by people who abuse the word, “choice” – wanting to “choose” indiscriminately without having to think about the results of the choices until after the fact.

    Plan B is not meant to be used regularly to “give you the ability to control your own fertility”. It says right on the company’s website that it will not work as a form of regular birth control. If you want to control your own fertility, then the best thing for you to do is to make a “choice” or two BEFORE getting yourself into a sexual situation.

    There are many good forms of birth control out there: hormonal forms like “the pill” or Depo Prevera, physical barriers like condoms and diaphragms, or spermicide foams and creams. Use them. Even better, you can “choose” to exercise a little self control and wait for a time when your “fertility” won’t be so much of an issue.

    I’m not against the sale and use of Plan B. It does, as you say, reduce the need for abortions by preventing pregnancy in the first place. It is especially useful – in fact, given the number of other birth control options, I’d say mostly useful – for preventing pregnancy in women who have been sexually assaulted.

    As far as your “rights” – I think aislander got it correct on this one. How can you have a “right” that forces someone else to lose his (or her) rights?

    I always say, “I believe that a woman has a right AND a responsibility to choose what she does with her own body while it is just her body she is choosing for.” That doesn’t just apply in the case of another body that may be growing inside, but also to anyone else whose “rights” may be violated as a result of your choice or lack thereof.

    You have the right to control your body. A merchant should also be able to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed religious rights as well when it comes to choosing what products he or she will in good conscious sell.

  9. slugoxyz says:

    Here’s the issue. One pharmacy decided it did not believe in abortion and therefore decided they did not want to profit from the sale of an abortion pill. Enter a group of people who felt their cause gave them the right to force this privately owned store to sell that abortion pill. Court case, court case eventually the Supreme Court hears it and decides in favor of the privately owned store. Within a square mile of that store, there are at least 2-3 other pharmacies. Travel a little further, there are a half dozen more pharmacies. All more than willing to profit from a pro-choice feminists’ promiscuity.

    Yes. A woman is the only half of our species that can bear a child but no one is forcing her to do so. Not in this country anyway so maybe the choice should be to abstain. I’m not a prude and I tend to lean in the direction of allowing women to beat each other up on this issue since I can not have children (Thank God – oops. Sorry. I involved that deity again – the very thing that the pharmacy stated was their motivation). However, I don’t think it’s right to force a pharmacy to have to sell a product that they not only don’t want to sell but that they believe strongly enough to forfeit the profits of the antidote to a bad decision.

    So, while the editorialist has the right to choice and to kill as many baby’s as she wants (I’m just sure she is vehemently opposed to capital punishment – what a contradiction.), I have a right to an opposite opinion. Not that I want to tell her what she can and can’t do but I have the right to think that abortion is bad. Likewise with stores. If you approve of selling the Plan B pill or you simply don’t care, then sell away. It is your right to do so. But if you don’t want to sell that controversial drug (this isn’t aspirin), I don’t think you should be forced to sell it. No one is telling the lady she can’t have it. No one is trying to make Plan B illegal. All we’re saying is that a two minute drive further down the road is where you’ll have to go to get it. You probably wasted more time treating your hangover than driving to the pharmacy anyway…

  10. slugoxyz says:

    oops. baby’s should be babies.

  11. slugoxyz says:

    So, sandblower; how is it hypocritical?

  12. Sandblower says, “Dcr628, if the so-called forcing was against something reasonable and not about woman’s health, I could agree with you. The ridiculousness of the basis for which you and others are making the argument is the problem. It is hypocritical among other things.”

    The fact still remains that there will still be the product available in OTHER pharmacies. You can twist it and spin all you like, the fact remains that it should be what a particular business CHOOSES to sell. Last I understood, this country was still based on an open, free commerce.

    If the product a woman wants for “her health” is not available at one location, she can go to a location where it is. This is nothing more than “I want it where I want it, its my right and entitlement, and I want my demands met for me, and I want everyone to adjust to MY beliefs.”

    Pretty much another Liberal-Left Wing Whacko, DO As I Say-Not As I Do case of INTOLERANCE for an opposing belief.

  13. slugo – when you put rhetoric like “the right to choice and to kill as many baby’s as she wants” in your argument, you have stepped over into emotional rant based upon demonizing someone who disagrees with you.

    Plan B is not abortion. Non-implanted cells aren’t babies.
    Plan B One-Step® is one pill that has a higher dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone found in many birth control pills that healthcare professionals have been prescribing for more than 35 years. Plan B One-Step® works in a similar way to prevent pregnancy. Plan B One-Step® will not affect an existing pregnancy.

  14. alindasue says:

    Even in the case of a woman who lives out in the country without a car, both amazon.com and drugstore.com sell Plan B. With expedited shipping, it could be on a woman’s doorstep well within the three day window for the drug to be effective. A occasional drug store or pharmacy owner choosing not to carry Plan B for whatever reason will not doom any woman to an unwanted pregnancy if she puts any effort at all into obtaining the drug.

  15. “Here’s the issue. One pharmacy decided it did not believe in abortion and therefore decided they did not want to profit from the sale of an abortion pill.”

    No. Here’s the issue. Plan B is a contraceptive not unlike other contraceptives that Stormans carries and sells daily. It is not an abortive. Stormans is hypocritical.

    Now, their hypocrisy is not against law. We, as a community, need to assure that if someone is going to be in a business where we depend on them to provide certain services for the good of the community, they provide them in accordance with an oath of service. If their “beliefs” get in the way of that service, they need to not be in that business.

    This is a perfect example of why we need regulatory laws. I’m confident that if Stormans decides that their morals are more important than gross revenue, someone will step up and take up the slack in the marketplace.

  16. old_benjamin says:

    The right to control your own fertility is a fundamental RESPONSIBILITY. There is no fundamental right to Plan B, anymore than there is a fundamental right to Tom and Jerry’s ice cream. If you want the latter go where it is sold. Same applies to the former.

  17. menopaws says:

    Wow!!! Is this Rush Limbaugh’s blog???? I thought Fatso was too busy talking to his lawyers and popping pills again………We women need to just keep our knees together right??? I think the castration of Mr. Limbaugh might be a good start on controlling promiscious behavior, don”t you? Go back to the barn gentlemen and find yourself some place to hide your magazines……….The mindset I hear coming down belongs with the Taliban—The way women are being talked about, the sheer lack of respect is frightening. Good and honorable men know better……..Those who behave otherwise should be ashamed of themselves………If a woman needs access to Plan B, her reasons are NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS…….Unless we get to photo shop all of you buying your condoms, you need to stay out of this………

  18. Men (I use the term loosely) like Old Ben, seem to think that women have all the responsibility with birth control.

    Makes me rather embarrassed to think that they are of the same gender as me. Luckily I was taught better manners.

  19. ImLarry says, “I’m confident that if Stormans decides that their morals are more important than gross revenue, someone will step up and take up the slack in the marketplace.”

    EXACTLY!!! What a business sells is, and SHOULD be completely at THEIR discretion. If the owner of that business chooses based on their own perception of morality not to provide a product or service that is entirely up to them. People will just go elsewhere for it.

    This really shouldnt even be an issue.

  20. took14theteam says:

    Good to know Larry can keep his pants on in every situation. Especially at the lounge. Might be broken anyway….

    ;-)

  21. old_benjamin says:

    Maybe, but Larry’s not so hot in the thinking department.

    Responsibility doesn’t exclude either sex. On the contrary, it includes both. That is so obvious it doesn’t need further elaboration.

  22. DCR – I was wondering when someone would take that position from that statement.

    Running a pharmacy is not just about dollars and cents. It’s about a responsibility to the community. My suggestion is that if Storman’s doesn’t want that responsibility, to get out of the business entirely and allow the market to find someone that takes their responsibility seriously and not allow silly superstitions and false information to get in the way of serving the public in need.

    Now, try to twist that statement.

  23. Larry says, “DCR – I was wondering when someone would take that position from that statement.

    Running a pharmacy is not just about dollars and cents. It’s about a responsibility to the community. My suggestion is that if Storman’s doesn’t want that responsibility, to get out of the business entirely and allow the market to find someone that takes their responsibility seriously and not allow silly superstitions and false information to get in the way of serving the public in need.”

    No need to twist. A business is a business. Of which a very small part is a “responsibility to the community. They exist to provide a product at a profit. Yep, thats cold but its the truth.

    Obviously by your comments you are of the bunch that thinks these businesses are there to serve YOUR vision of community.

    Once again, if a particular enterprise CHOOSES not to provide that product, there are plenty more to patronize.

    This entire argument, as I have already said, is nothing more than typical, hypocritical, lefty loon expectation that everyone else abide by THEIR opinion. You even have the nerve to suggest that a business shut their doors because YOUR views aren’t honored?!! By the way, your weak argument about “public in need”? With many other places to get your Plan B, I doubt this is really a “need” issue. Nice try.

    Sheesh! You people are amazing! Humorous, but amazing!

  24. “No need to twist. A business is a business. Of which a very small part is a “responsibility to the community. They exist to provide a product at a profit. Yep, thats cold but its the truth.”

    Again….you avoid the middle ground of profitability and service, but I expected this.

    OK, let’s be direct. Stormans was not LOSING MONEY if they sold Plan B. So it’s NOT about profit and loss. But they are not the local 7-11 in terms of the product and services they provide. They have a responsibility to the community, proof positive the regulations under which they operate. For instance, they are not allowed to carry a drug not approved by the FDA, just because they can make a profit.

    They have been allowed to manipulate the system with a false “belief” that has nothing to do with the truth of the product and this type of activity needs to stop before it DOES become strictly a matter of “profit” and the community suffers.

    As long as we are throwing out the “lefty loon” name calling, I’ll put in my two cents about fascist attitudes toward the community and market at large, without regard to the well being of individuals.

    Isn’t hyperbole and namecalling fun?

    I’m certain it’s about time for another “goodbye cruel blog” isn’t it?

  25. 3. Who may buy Plan B over the counter?
    Women aged 18 and older. Although available over the counter, Plan B will be kept behind the pharmacy counter. Women will need to ask the pharmacy staff for Plan B and may need to show proof of age.

    http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/features/plan-b-11-questions-11-answers

    Now this is interesting, because if women do NOT need a doctor’s prescription to get Plan-B, they can get it any time they want to. They do NOT have to wait until that fateful day when they suddenly have an urgent need for it. They can buy it before-hand, and keep it in their Medicine Cabinet or Nightstand drawer, so it is there when needed. Thus, NOT every pharmacy in America needs to carry it, because women have plenty of time to get it from the pharmacies that do decide to carry it, LONG BEFORE there is an urgent need for it. (Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance, right?)

    Plus, since it is an OTC “Over-The Counter” med, even though it’s actually kept behind the counter, but still does NOT require a Doctor’s prescription, then it is essentially being sold like condoms. Just go to the pharmacy that carries Plan-B and tell the pharmacist you want it. The same as a guy would go to the same pharmacy and take a box of condoms up to the register and pay for them. NO PRESCRIPTION REQUIRED!

    And, because of that: NO Health Care Insurance coverage or reimbursement should be required! Do employee health care plans reimburse men for the condoms they buy? If not, then why should the health-care plan reimburse women for an OTC med like Plan-B. Thus, there’s NO ISSUE about providing coverage for it in employee health-care plans, because its NOT a prescription medication.

    Sophie DeWitt’s letter is about a non-issue!

    Okay! Glad that is finally settled.

  26. Larry says, “Isn’t hyperbole and namecalling fun? I’m certain it’s about time for another “goodbye cruel blog” isn’t it?”

    It sure is fun Larry, and feel free to refer to me as a “fascist” if it suits your fancy (Frankly I have doubts you even know what the word means, regardless of your pseudo-intellect, which of course is so typical of most liberals.

    A far as a “goodbye”? Are you kidding! Forget it. I decided that Conservative needs all the help it can get in this Liberal Sewer!

    I’m not going ANYWHERE! And in fact, I will be back in FULL FORCE if for no other reason than to encourage the quieter conservatives among us, and just to be an annoying thorn in the side of local liberal loonaticks.!

  27. By the way Larry, all your liberal horsepucky double speak aside. It is STILL the prerogative of any retail business to sell or NOT sell whatever product it chooses. ESPECIALLY when whiny, spoiled, liberal twerps try to FORCE them to “comply” with what THEY want.

    As far as I am concerned, more power to them and my salutes for having the courage to stand up for their beliefs and not crawl in the face of political correctness.

  28. Got pretty quiet on THIS discussion as well!

    Score another victory for Conservative thought and reasoning over Liberal feelings, twists, and hotair. Haaa!

  29. “Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat”
    Jean Paul Sartre

  30. “One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.”
    Josh Billings

  31. “You must not, when you have gained a victory, use any triumphing or insulting expression, nor show too much pleasure ; but endeavor to console your adversary, and make him less dissatisfied with himself by every kind and civil expression, that may be”
    Benjamin Franklin

  32. So sorry Ol’ Ben….But I take GREAT pleasure in putting flaming, frothing liberals in their place. ;)

    Maybe Ben, you could tie a few of them to that kite string the next time we get a lightning storm. Might be cheap entertainment! :D

    Its okay Beerboy….I like you. You may be a bit misguided, as is typical of liberals, but you’re okay :)

  33. last post of course was a sideways poke at your Benjamin Franklin quote Beerboy….My “Ol’Ben” was NOT in reference to our own local Benjamin ;)

    Figured I better clear that up ;)

  34. To be fair, I really don’t credit the quietude on this thread as a “victory for Conservative thought and reasoning over Liberal feelings, twists, and hotair.”

    The credit really goes to Web MD and the FACTS I posted from the webmd website regarding the truth about Plan-B in my comment on 3/2 @ 9:45 AM. Not my facts, just THE FACTS.

    FACTS = TRUTH

    “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you Free!” John 8:32

    We all win when we discover and accept the Truth!

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