The Ethical Dilemma with The Morning After Pill, Plan B
Associate Degree Capstone Class, Excelsior College
Dr. Jean Taylor
People can prevent unwanted pregnancies in so many ways. There are condoms, oral contraceptives, injected contraceptives, IUDs, sponges and more. All of these can reduce the chance of getting pregnant. However, let’s say you have intercourse and don’t use any type of contraceptive, what would you use? Or if the condom broke during, what would you do? On Aug. 24, 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a form of emergency contraception to be sold over the counter to women ages 18 and older. The generic name for this contraceptive is levonorgestrel. It's also known by the brand name Plan B (The Morning After Pill). The Morning After Pill must be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse was performed. It does not guarantee the female will not get pregnant. The morning after pill simply makes the conditions in the vagina less favorable for conception. What does Plan B do, and who can benefit from this? Let’s take a deeper step in. Plan B, an emergency contraceptive is used to prevent or delay ovulation and may also impede the fertilization of an egg. Plan B, like any other medication has several side affects, although most are very mild. Symptoms can include: Nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, dizziness, breast tenderness, and headache. However, if one is allergic to levonorgestrel or any other of the ingredients in the pill it should be avoided. The emergency contraceptive is only available to the female population 18 years and over. This could change soon and be available to every age group. ” The Obama administration on Monday filed a last-minute appeal to delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription.” (COLLEEN LONG - Associated Press. AP Top News Package, 05/13/2013) I believe that America should really do their homework before they let this go out of...
References: 1. By COLLEEN LONG - Associated, Press. 2013. "US government files morning-after pill appeal." AP Top News PackageNews (AP, UPI, etc.), EBSCOhost (accessed May 14, 2013)
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