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Bunnies Talk Plan B in Commercial

When the FDA Won't Listen to the Law, It's Time to Try Bunnies

A year ago today, the Center For Reproductive Rights won an important victory when a federal court decided the FDA put politics before health by keeping the morning-after pill behind pharmacy counters and enforcing age restrictions so only women 17 and older could purchase it. We thought things would change, but one year later, it's still locked up. Besides the potential embarrassment involved with asking, it creates logistical impediments if the pharmacy is closed though the store is open (often) or if you forget your ID. Because who knew you'd be carded!

To ignite action, the Center For Reproductive Rights put together this video of two bunnies being cute (I guess cute works?) while having a conversation about the FDA's inaction one year later. "Scientists say," says one bunny, "there are no medical reasons to limit access to emergency contraception."

And must Plan B discussions always open with "the condom broke." Of course it happens, but will it ever be acceptable to simply say "I didn't use a condom because I didn't have one"? Not soon enough!

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
So maybe percocets are a bad example, I'll give you that one. My person feelings aside, we're a talking about a hormonal drug and the FDA. Last time I was on it, I needed ID for birth control pills. Why would this be any different? Are there any hormonal supplement available OTC? What about drug interactions? Antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of hormonal birth controls. Shouldn't the pharmacist at least ASK what meds you're on? I've never gotten plan B, maybe they do. And what if a chick comes in time after time after time? Don't you think they should give repeat-users a pamphlet on the benefits of premeditated contraception? A friend of mine got it YEARS ago, I went to Planned Parenthood with her when she did. She flashed some ID, explained the situation, and walked away with two pills and a set of instructions. And now it's available at the pharmacy. How much simpler do you want it?
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
The reason you have to show your ID when you get medications with pseudophedrine is because taking too much of it in a short time period can be fatal. Plan B isn't --- so why should I have to show my ID? The pharmacist isn't a doctor - legally he can't provide me with medical advice. Tylenol is a real medication too, are you suggesting that I get a prescription for that also? Of course not, it would be absurd to require a prescription for every over the counter medication. So why make anyone have to show ID? Why is it anyone's business but mine if I want to purchase Plan B, Tylenol, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, or cherry bubble gum? Requiring someone to show ID doesn't change the fact that they think they may have accidentally gotten pregnant and want to avert an unwanted pregnancy, it just makes it more difficult to do so... which, guess what, can lead to a future decision to have an abortion. Trying to discourage women from taking Plan B by shaming them or making them go through invasive administrative nonsense is pointless and ridiculous.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Embarrassing?!?! Are you serious?!?!?!?!!? Talk about the lamest excuse in the history of mankind. You're talking to a pharmacist. Pharmacists blend salves for hemorrhoids. I HIGHLY doubt your unprotected sex is the most embarassing health problem he's heard about. I can understand why those under 17 should have access, but I think everyone should have ID for it. You can't even buy cold medicine in my state without ID! The morning after pill is a real drug; they don't hand out percocets with no ID, why should this be any different?
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Preventing unwanted pregnancies is a good thing. I fail to see the point in making it more difficult, especially with the age group most likely to feel to awkward/ashamed to ask the pharmacist or their parent. Having a baby should never be a punishment for teenage sex (or anything else).
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
The reality is that some people do not use a condom because they didn't have one. The problem is that it's often girls who are younger and just aren't as take charge about their sexual health as women who are better educated and have learned, for example, that it's your responsibility as much as the guy's. I just don't see the problem with it at all - young girls have sex. They just do. Preventing teen pregnancies is always a good thing.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I also with that Plan B (and abortion) discussions weren't so "taboo". I mean if we are adults why can't we have a decent discussion without stepping all over each other's beliefs? As for the availability of Plan B, I think it is perfectly fine that if you are under 17 you have to have a prescription to get it. I have a slight problem with young girls having sex so freely, sometimes they aren't mentally prepared and I would hope that this plan not being so readily available would help curb the desire to get intimate so young.
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