This is what it has come to in parts of this country where the Christian Taliban has taken over and emergency contraception is not available. I am embarassed to say that this happens not in some Southern backwater, but right here in New York State where we pride ourselves on being well educated and well informed. However, in the Mohawk Valley section of New York State at a Rite Aide pharmacy in Gloversville and a CVS pharmacy in Saratoga Springs women have been refused Plan B by pharmacists according to an article in the Saratogan on 09/21/06.
'This is not the abortion bill. It is not RU-486. They are very different. The EC prevents pregnancy,' said Heller, who provides medical care and supervision to 50,000 patients a year in the 12 counties covered by the organization.
The two pharmacies refusing to refill prescriptions are Rite Aid in Gloversville and CVS in Saratoga Springs.
'EC prevents pregnancy. So when the pharmacist said the woman was being irresponsible and should suffer the consequences, I felt it was my job to pursue this,' said Heller. 'Saying someone should 'suffer the consequences' is a personal opinion -- not a medical one,' he said.
EC consists of a higher concentration of the dosage found in birth control pills, Heller explained.
'The sooner it is taken, the more effective it is. It is 90 to 95 percent effective if taken immediately,' he said. Heller offered that could be used in circumstances of unplanned potential pregnancy including assault, or when a condom breaks.
'This is to reduce abortion and unwanted pregnancy,' Heller said. 'Unplanned pregnancy is huge in this country and abortion is an emotionally difficult thing for the woman. I wouldn't be sad if I never had to do another abortion ever again, but someone has to be there. This is a way to prevent abortion.'
NYCLU filed complaints Aug. 15 against the pharmacists who refused to fill patient prescriptions for refill doses of EC. They were filed on behalf of Heller and PPMH health care providers Claudina Ashelman Owen and Colleen Shaw. All three were recipients of the night's giraffe awards. Owen is a nurse practitioner in Saratoga Springs.
It is interesting that an underground operation, in defiance of the oppression and subjugation of women by the Christian Nationalists, has developed and which calls itself "Emergency Kindness".
Welcome to Emergency Kindness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency contraception for women in need. Emergency Kindness is run by a team of "Janes" spread throughout the country. EC is hard to get in America due to the widespread practice of doctors and pharmacists refusing to give the pill because it conflicts with their personal beliefs. If you are having trouble procuring EC, we will do everything in our power to get it to you before your 72 hours are up.
For more information click on the link below.
Link: Emergency Kindness.