Morning After Pill Controversy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/8/06

Morning After Pill Controversy

The country's largest group of gynecologists is advising women to get a prescription in advance for the morning after pill....should they need emergency contraception.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says this will cut the chance of pregnancy by up to 89 percent, if it is used within 72 hours of rape, condom failure or just forgetting routine
contraception.

The sooner it's taken, the more effective it is, and since it may be hard to reach a doctor for a prescription on weekends or holidays. The ACOG says women should get the prescription before they need it. And that's stirring a lot of controversy to think that a contraceptive pill could be so easily available.

"That they may use if necessary and to urge them to use it if one of those accidents happen," says Dr. Vivian Dickerson, with the ACOG.

"It's a morning after type thing and so they feel safe that they can be promiscuous and patch it up the next day," says Joseph Scheidler, Pro-life Action League national director.

Plan B prevents a fertilized egg from growing in the womb. Plan B is actually two pills and if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it prevents pregnancy.

The ACOG says the FDA is wrong by not making this pill easily accessible to women, claiming they're motivated by politics. So, it is providing 49,000 doctors with waiting-room posters that urge women of childbearing age to ask about a prescription they could keep on hand.

Meanwhile, the Bush administration has refused to allow the pill to be sold over-the-counter. One thing is certain...this is a heated subject, with no resolution likely coming soon.

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