Dawn Eden sent me this latest bit of Planned Parenthood activism.
Join the Planned Parenthood Pill Patrol and ensure women in your neighborhood have access to EC.
Just last week, we learned that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health, which was at the center of the fight to make EC available over the counter, just had more than one-quarter of its operating budget cut. Now people are asking — is this payback for the prolonged EC controversy?
Over the past three years, Planned Parenthood has worked with large pharmacy chains, urging them to change their policies to stock EC and ensure that women can access their birth control in-store, without discrimination or delay. Some pharmacies, like CVS, have stepped up to the plate, changed their policies, and worked to ensure that those policies are enforced to protect their customers. Other pharmacies have flatly refused to adopt such policies. In the wake of EC going over the counter, Planned Parenthood has had numerous reports of women being denied access in their pharmacies. We are asking for your help. Today, Planned Parenthood is launching the next phase of its campaign to protect women’s health — a nationwide grassroots effort to ensure that EC is available in every neighborhood in America.
Sign up to survey a pharmacy in your area now.
During the month of March, Planned Parenthood needs hundreds of volunteers to join its Pill Patrol and attempt to purchase emergency contraception at neighborhood Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, and Supervalue/Osco stores.
Joining the Pill Patrol is easy. When you sign up to survey a store in your neighborhood, you’ll receive an activist toolkit that includes easy instructions, a script, and a phone number to call if you have any questions.
Isn’t their support of EC a tacit admission that their quest to make sure that not only that everyone is sexually active, but already taking a contraceptive pill a failure? Or do they want people to come to rely on EC which would have a lower effectiveness and when it fails they will pick them up on the rebound in one of their abortion clinics?
As for the supposed budget payback, I wish that was actually true. The idea that birth control pills require a prescription, but that a stronger dosage of the same thing doesn’t is pure insanity. Though I am sure they will turn it into an argument to make the pill OTC also.