Originally Posted by mrblanche
Here's a pretty good discussion from "Talk of the Nation" on NPR on Monday.http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=101349857
The one thing I noticed was the claim a rape victim had to drive 200 miles to get to "the next pharmacy." Kansas is spread out, but I don't know of anywhere there that is 200 miles away from a pharmacy.
If the patient is in a part of the country where religious objection to birth control and the morning after pill is common, she could be forced to travel many towns over to find a pharmacist willing to dispense. For someone who is in difficult financial circumstances, or who works long hours, or in a place where the weather is inclement, or who lives in a remote area, any significant distance (don't forget that not everyone owns a car) or delay may make the difference between being able to prevent an unwanted pregnancy or being forced to carry one to term (which I am amazed would be considered in any circumstance, much less in a country without paid maternity leave or readily available child care, but that's another issue).
I listened to that story yesterday and thought it was a very one-sided discussion, which is a bit unusual for NPR. Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communications for the pro-life secretariat of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, got most of the response airtime, and blithely dodged specific issues that were raised such as the one you mentioned above.
Originally Posted by ckblv
I have never understood what people have against the "morning after" pill.
I was on the impression that if a woman took this within 24 hours it would keep the egg from fertilizing. If the egg has not fertilized, I don't consider it an abortion. I don't consider the morning after pill as any different than BC pills. Am I wrong here?
You are correct. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/hea...-4363.htm#work
Unfortunately, there is a huge amount of misinformation out there about how not only the morning after pill works, but also about how birth control pills work. Many anti reproductive choice groups spread misinformation that erroneously equates not only the morning after pill, but even birth control pills with abortion. Thus, when a doctor or pharmacist chooses to put their personal beliefs above the welfare of their patient or customer, even the availability of birth control could be a problem, especially in areas where such beliefs are common, and in rural areas with few pharmacies to choose from.