Annika Jensen

Miss David
HELA 10 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 are both currently allowed in
the United States without a prescription for women who are seventeen years or older. 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 are not yet allowed 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” (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 allowed to stand against the
customers asking for their prescription. Many religious groups want 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.
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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