Posted by Ryan Morgan on September 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM
By: Jennifer Baily Bergen aka @tryjen
Jennifer Bailey Bergen is the Client Relations Manager and Social Media Consultant for an IT consulting firm, with over a decade of experience helping people translate ideas into technology.
Q: I'm not so sure about emergency contraception being accessibly so freely. I hate the thoughts of girls using this as a form of birth control rather and it's intended emergency use. Shouldn't we be encouraging consistent condom use instead?
A: ABSOLUTELY 100% always wrap it up. But if the condom comes off, breaks, or gawd forbid in the event of assault or drinking too much or whatever...
This option is accessible and safe to use. I once called my own doctor - as a grown, married, monogamous adult with two kids - after a tearing incident. I left a message with the nurse, who called back and told me the doctor declined to prescribe Plan B. Astounded, I asked what they recommended I do. I was told I could hope for the best or try a clinic. So I did, and had to make an appointment, drive across town, fill out all the paperwork in the world, see a nurse, take a pregnancy test, and then get a prescription.
For women without access to the kinds of things needed to complete such a task (knowing who to call, where to go, having a car or a friend with a car, gas money to get there, the money to pay for the visit, the fortitude to endure the visit, etc) over the counter access is a huge step.
As under-educated as people can be, I would much rather women be able to take emergency (not convenience!) contraception than have abortions.