Our View

Aug 242006
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Finally. Plan B emergency contraception is available to women 18 and older over the counter. No contraceptive is 100 percent guaranteed, so having a back-up option is absolutely necessary.

Accidents happen. Even to mature, mutually consenting adults who are taking precautions when they hop into bed.

Because the whole issue of abortion burns white-hot and is not going to be resolved any time soon, it is important to distinguish that the pill prevents a pregnancy – it doesn’t terminate one.

However, just because we agree with this measure doesn’t mean that we don’t see potential problems.

People should heed advice and not use Plan B as their primary form of contraception.

Condoms are the only form of contraception that also protects against sexually transmitted infections.

It is better to encourage making safe sex decisions and make all contraceptive options readily available than ignore the fact that people who aren’t procreating have sex.

Adding another contraceptive to the market is not going to encourage virgins to go ahead and do the deed. If a person is going to have sex, they are going to have sex.

People ultimately need to take care of themselves and make responsible choices. But because the sooner the pill is taken, the higher the chance that the pill will prevent pregnancy, it’s important that women can readily access it at all times.

Waiting for office hours for a doctor to write a prescription could take too long. It could be too late by the time an appointment opens up.

It’s great that Plan B is readily available. But remember not to rely on it. There are so many easy preventative measures. Remember that the morning-after pill is Plan B, not Plan A.

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