i found this timeline of the history of plan b emergency contraception at mother jones
. in the interest of reasoned debate i thought it was prudent to post a link to an article that had some research based links to outside articles.
some key points:
ama has supported otc status for ec since dec 00.
american college of ob/gyn has supported otc plan b since feb 01.
journal of adolescent health finds that teens will use plan b when available but use of condoms does not decrease. (5/01)
alan guttmacher institute attributes decline in abortion rates between 1994-2000. (as many as 51,000 abortions were averted in 2000 alone.)
journal of adolescent health reports that teenage girls with access to ec were not more likely
to report having unprotected sex.
definitely worth taking the time to read and ponder.
Aug 12, '06
Herein lies the rub . . . the definition of "pregnancy".
Some feel it means when a fertilized egg makes it's journey to the uterus and attaches. Others believe that the fertilized egg IS when life begins.
Plan B can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching. That is what sticks in some folks craw, as Plan B is a high dose of oral contraceptives that can prevent pregnancy or cause an early abortion. Depending of course on when you believe life occurs.
Reasoned and passionate and caring folks disagree on this point.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Aug 12, '06