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Annika Jensen
Miss David
HELA10 Block 4
9 February 2016
The Pill in America
“Many people, like Janet Blanding, a 45 year old mother of a teenage girl, want to
be able to go into their local pharmacy and purchase an emergency contraceptive. In
Janet’s case it was for her daughter” (Bathija). Plan B One-Step and a drug called Ella is
currently allowed in the United States for women who are seventeen years or older
without a prescription. However, people still debate over the moralities of these
emergency contraceptives. These drugs should not be banned because they are safe, can
help young girls and women who were forced into a compromising situation, and it is not
yet aloud for employees to stand against them.
Emergency contraception, despite many misconceptions, is safe. Pediatricians
along with adolescent health experts confirm that contraception is much safer than
pregnancy and motherhood for teens. “For girls ages 11-16 the consequences, risks, and
long-term side effects for pregnancy are much worse than emergency contraception
drugs, such as the commonly referred to Plan B One-Step” (A Wake Up Call). This is not
only safe for young girls, but also adults “according to groups like the American College
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Family Physicians”
(Grossman). A big argument surrounding the emergency contraception debate is that it is
not safe because it is another form of abortion. However, many people that argue this are
going off of information from a time when doctors did not know how the pill worked.
Now it is understood that emergency contraceptive like Plan B One-Step, “rather than
preventing fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb, actually delays ovulation”

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(Bellluck). Even though some may still believe that it is not safe, emergency
contraceptive is safe even for young girls.
Sexual assault is an unfortunate issue that many women and girls face. In
countries like Honduras, domestic violence and rape are common. “Over half of the
babies born to 15-19 year olds are results of rape” (Eulich). Emergency contraceptive is a
major tool in helping victims of assault and violence. Mothers who become pregnant as a
result of assault are less likely to take care of themselves and the baby making these
contraceptives a viable option. Some mothers threaten to commit suicide and abandon
their child after birth, and their children could suffer a depressed life with the possibility
of fewer vaccinations and medical appointments. This also creates a “higher risk of
dropping out of school and teen pregnancy themselves” (Eulich). The possibility of easy
to access emergency contraceptive can seriously help teens and women who could not
help the situation they were put in.
Emergency contraceptives have a lot of people battling against them due to
reasons like religious beliefs. However, employees are not yet a legally loud to stand
against the customers asking for their prescription. Many religious groups wants to enact
the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA), which allows employees to refuse
service to the customers if it conflicts with any of their religious beliefs. For example,
this act would allow a nurse at a public hospital to lecture an AIDS patient and his/her
partner that God “Disapproves of homosexuals” (Bathija). This debate is currently stalled
in Congress is also very broad and could lead to many effects and a great deal of
discrimination. Overall, employees cannot yet not legally interfere so emergency
contraceptive should be allowed.

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Emergency contraceptive is safe for all ages and it is not actually an
abortive drug. It helps women who have been assaulted. Pharmaceutical employees do
not yet have the legal rights to stand against people wanting emergency contraceptive.
This drug should be legal for all who wish to use it, and for those who don’t want it
legalized do not have to use it. Access to emergency contraceptive is important and life
changing to young woman because it gives them options they have not had in the past.

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