"The Bush administration forced me to have an abortion I didn't want."

There was an excellent article in this weekend's WaPo, authored by a 42-year-old mother of two young children, Dana L., who was left with the option of terminating an unplanned pregnancy after she was unable to secure the emergency contraceptive Plan B within the 72-hour window in which it works.

I called my ob/gyn to get a prescription for Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill that can prevent a pregnancy -- but only if taken within 72 hours of intercourse… The receptionist, however, informed me that my doctor did not prescribe Plan B. No reason given. Neither did my internist. The midwifery practice I had used could prescribe it, but not over the phone, and there were no more open appointments for the day. The weekend -- and the end of the 72-hour window -- was approaching.
Dana's experience prompts her to research how and why she was left in the situation she was--FDA shenanigans, pharmacist and doctor "conscience clauses," state abortion laws. It's a powerful and thought-provoking first person account of why emergency contraception matters. Part of what makes it so interesting is, as Amanda notes, that "the writer deftly undermines every anti-choice stereotype of who the women are that get abortions and why they do it. (Or in this case, the kind of women who dare use contraception like Plan B.)"

Jessica at Feministing also points to the online conversation Dana had with readers.

(Pandagon, Feministing)

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