Friday, May 07, 2004

It’s hard to think of anything to say about the emergency contraception decision that isn’t completely obvious, so instead I’ll supply some addresses.

Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

It seems unlikely that the FDA will reevaluate the decision in an election year, since shoring up the Republican base is clearly more important than preventing unwanted pregnancies or giving women control over our bodies, but it’s worth writing anyway. I find that expressing outrage is far more cathartic than banging my head against a wall.

In the meantime, in a surprisingly good and overtly political page on the emergency contraception issue, Self magazine suggests that you ask your doctor to write you a prescription for the morning after pill now, before you need it. That way you’ll have it on hand if the occasion should ever arise. This is particularly important because the sooner you use the pill, the more effective it is. While women run around looking for a doctor to prescribe them emergency contraception, the clock is ticking and the chances of it working are decreasing. This is, of course, only a problem if you believe that women ought to have access to effective contraception.

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