Monday, January 10, 2011

Texan Walgreens Really Want Men To Get Pregnant

Via the ACLU: "Adam Drake tried to purchase emergency contraception from a Walgreens in Houston. He was shocked when the pharmacy unequivocally denied him the product because he is a man. When he complained to the store manager, she stood by the pharmacist’s decision. The pharmacist and store manager told him they couldn't sell to a man, unless he is accompanied by the woman intending to use the medication."

The ACLU petitioned Walgreens twice last year to stop its discriminatory practices in both Texas and Mississippi. No one should ever face gender discrimination at the pharmacy, especially in response to a decision to use contraceptives (i.e. family planning). The FDA has approved emergency contraception for sale behind the pharmacy counter for men and women ages seventeen and older. Men and women. You know, both parties involved in making a baby? While we are examining discriminatory practices, what medical purpose does an age limit serve? Should people under the age of seventeen have limited access to contraceptive options simply because as a society, we refuse to recognize that teenagers do and will continue to have sex? Should we be more irresponsible than they are?

From the Plan B website, how to obtain Plan B: "Go to the pharmacy counter and ask for Plan B One-Step™. You can get it at your pharmacy without a prescription, as long as you show a government-issued photo identification that proves you are 17 or older. Valid IDs include your driver's license, state identification card, or passport. If you feel uncomfortable asking for Plan Plan B One-Step™, you can download and print a Plan B One-Step™ Request Card to hand to your pharmacist. If you’re under 17, you’ll need to see your healthcare professional or visit your clinic."

Emergency contraceptive is time-sensitive. Plan B stresses that the sooner you take the medication, the more effective it is. Couples who know they may face obstacles at the pharmacy may delay the process, to severe consequences.

Sign the ACLU petition to keep gender discrimination out of the pharmacies. Or pass along the Reproductive Rights Rabbits:

Tell the FDA to Act on Emergency Contraception from Center for Reproductive Rights on Vimeo.

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