Women Got Your B For Back

POD_032216-01The internet has been Plan B buzzing since Reddit user carlinha1289 posted her experience about purchasing the morning after pill for a Quebec teen. Other women jumped in to share similar experiences. Conversations are being started. Articles are being written. Women are coming together to help each other –> ’cause we cool like that.

Plan B is not an abortion bill (this is often a misCONCEPTION — get it — ahahahaha —> ok we’ll show ourselves out). The goal of Plan B is to prevent a person from getting pregnant up to 72 hours after that someone’s birth control failed or for whatever reason which is nobody’s business but their own. It’s emergency contraception, birth control in overtime.

In the United States, legally speaking, Plan B (or one of its generic forms) is available on pharmacy shelves for anyone to purchase. We say ‘legally speaking’ because we want you to know it’s your legal right; even if a pharmacy tries to do some shady shiznit like put it in an awkward place or some pimply teenage boy working at the register tells you he morally doesn’t want to sell it you. It’s there. You can buy it. Get another cashier who doesn’t have boner problems.

HOWEVER, just because it is available does not mean that girls don’t feel embarrassed getting it, that people aren’t shaming them when they’re trying to purchase it, that they can afford it, that they aren’t afraid their parents will find out and a host of other issues.

So… Women are stepping up to pay it forward. If you are in need of the Morning After Pill but are feeling scared of getting it yourself don’t be afraid to reach out. We got your Plan B back, girls looking for help, because the B is for Buddy!

Chastity Belt Tightening

You would think that conservatives — who are so brain-fried by the idea of abortion — would want to minimize the number of unwanted pregnancies, since most scientists agree that abortion is impossible without pregnancy. But social conservatives have a tortured relationship with science, let alone with logic.

 

They want to end abortion but favor abstinence-only sex education — a dim bulb idea that seems to be specifically designed to induce fetus creation on a truly industrial scale. Mother Jones‘s Becca Andrews wrote this great piece about the abstinence-only industry and experiencing the absurdity first-hand as a schoolgirl in Tennessee.

 

As you would expect from an idea based on talking young people out of having sex, the numbers for abstinence-only are not good. Kids who receive abstinence-only instruction are twice as likely to get pregnant than those who have comprehensive sex ed. And teens who sign virginity pledges are less likely to use protection when they do have sex… and they do have sex.

 

Look, there’s nothing wrong with telling kids not to do it. And it’s perfectly fine to stand on the beach and shout at the tides not to turn. But expecting either to work is downright stupid. Well, downright stupid seems to be the way to go–fully half the states now stress the abstinence approach to sex ed.

 

The only sane approach is to allow women to have a choice when it comes to reproductive rights–and instituting effective sex-ed programs that minimize the number of young women who need to make those choices.