Good news from New Hampshire

The state legislature in New Hampshire defeated a bill last week that would have allowed pharmacists to legally refuse women emergency contraception. NH is ahead of the game in a lot of ways, though -- since August 2005, pharmacists who have taken the training session and are partnered with a doctor can prescribe the medication, also known as "Plan B." Other states are follwing suit, since the FDA is still dragging its ideologically-burdened feet on the issue.

In other emergency contraception news, Salon's Broadsheet is reporting on a Zogby poll that was being taken over the weekend where the language leaves a lot to be desired:


Broadsheet reader Briana Hill wrote this weekend to tell us that as she was filling out a Zogby poll, she came across a question that read, "Do you think that the 'morning-after' abortion pill, commercially known as Plan B, should be available over the counter or should it be available only by prescription?"

Of course, in an ever-intensifying language war over abortion, contraception and basically everything having to do with reproductive health, classifying the morning-after pill as an "abortion pill" rather than "emergency contraception" is a serious foul. And no, that's not just because of semantics or politics: Emergency contraception is called emergency contraception because, usually taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, it prevents ovulation, fertilization of an egg and (though this has not been scientifically proved) the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterine wall. There's no abortion here, folks.

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