The Morning After Pill
Speculation of when life actually begins in the womb and whether or not the Morning After pill encourages sex amongst teenagers has been carried out for years and with that speculation, many perspectives have been formed for different sides of the pill. Data and opinions have been weighed in regards to the Morning After Pill, but though an examination of different perspectives on this controversial subject, research supports that the Morning After pill is receiving praise and possesses many benefits for women. I. Easier Accessibility (Frantz: Academic &Vasquez/Hammer)
Women no longer have to scramble to find an appointment with a doctor in their 24-hour window of time to retrieve a prescription. Without the doctors appointment the pill is more affordable. Frantz states, “It is estimated that quick and easy access to Plan B will prevent up to 1.5 million unwanted pregnancies and 600,000 abortions a year in the United States. Everyone--whether pro-life or pro-choice--can agree that this is a positive outcome.” (Frantz) Frantz feels that the accessibility should be broadened even further to teens under eighteen years, because they’re the ones who really need it. While sexual activity is frequent in the teenage demographic of our country, many debate whether or not this accessibility would have any effect on further sexual behavior. The Vasquez/Hammer article gives direct quotes from adult women giving there opinions on accessibility: “For Ms. Allen, the availability of the morning-after pill without a prescription is an important option. ‘This is another choice for women to have,’ she said. She said she saw Plan B as a way to help avoid abortions and the physical and emotional trauma they can produce.” Women need options. Whether it’s shopping for clothes or the plan B pill, women need that decision to make for themselves. As a Christian and one that views God to be the creator of the earth, I know that God put us on the earth knowing that we would be faced with choices all throughout our existence. Like everything else on the earth, the Plan B pill is a choice for women. II. Rape Victims (Cohn: Academic & Belluck)
Then, there’s the discussion beyond whether or not he or she is going to get pregnant because he or she was acting reckless. Then, there’s the discussion of rape. It wasn’t their choice, their reckless night. So shouldn’t rape victims be able to decide whether or not they become a mother, when they didn’t get the option to be impregnated. It’s the least they should be able to control. Cohn gives great insight into the common believed stereotyped “Plan B woman,” but stands to advocate for rape victims: When conservatives talk about Plan B, they conjure up images of lust-crazed college girls engaging in one-night stands, then reaching over empty beer bottles to grab their super sized Plan B jars. But the one group to whom emergency contraception would make the greatest difference is rape victims. According to Trussell, who studied statistics from 1998, about 22,000 of the 25,000 women who became pregnant from rape could have prevented pregnancy with emergency contraception. Unfortunately, the new federal hospital guidelines for rape treatment released in January mysteriously omitted Plan B, even though a previous draft had included it. In Colorado, conservatives have fought efforts to impose a guideline that includes emergency contraceptives. Apparently, elements of the right are so committed to their stark definition of life and so concerned about hypothetical cultural signals that they would prefer rape victims become pregnant than inform them about emergency contraception. Who are the extremists now? Belluck’s article, which discusses Mitt Romney’s view of the pill as an abortion pill in it’s entirety, does however, state that he “does not object to” hospitals requiring to possess the morning after pill on hand to offer to rape victims (Belluck)....
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