The condom broke and she goes searching for emergency contraception in rural Ohio:
Folks, the condom broke Friday night and I searched all weekend for someone who could prescribe me EC. It is now Monday and I have to report that I have been unable to find anyone who will write me a fucking prescription for EC. None of the hospitals in the surrounding counties would write it for me. I stopped my search at about 100 miles from my home because my telephone book wouldn’t take me out any further than that.
I have been asked about my sexual practices. Whether I’m ‘monogamous’ or ‘in a relationship’ if I’m married, if I have kids, how many kids I have, if I was raped or ‘traumatized’ but there wasn’t’ ONE question about my health. Not one. The few places that said that they had a doctor who would occasionally write prescriptions for EC told me that I had to ask for that doctor specifically and then they proceeded to tell me that I would be ‘interviewed’ to see if I meet that doctors ‘criteria’ and then they proceeded to ask me all the above questions before telling me that I should ‘try anyway’ and I ‘might be able to talk him into it’.
EC wil be available over-the-counter nationwide with the new year. I think personal morality should never be any kind of a barrier to a pharmacist dispensing medication that a patient has been prescribed. I think it is disgusting that a doctor could be more concerned with if a woman is 1) married or 2) raped than if she simply needs to have full access to all options of reproductive health.
Single straight sexually active girls out there: you better get a back-up prescription from your gyno – or drive how ever many hours/miles it takes to your nearest Planned Parenthood.