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Revealed: Morning-After Pill Not Making Women Slutty


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JL
- 426 days ago - motherjones.com
These four charts show who uses emergency contraception, and how.



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JL A. (269)
Friday February 15, 2013, 9:22 am


Mother Jones
Revealed: Morning-After Pill Not Making Women Slutty
These four charts show who uses emergency contraception, and how.

By Hannah Levintova and Kate Sheppard | Fri Feb. 15, 2013 3:01 AM PST

The so-called morning-after pill has exploded in popularity since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration 15 years ago. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.8 million American women used emergency contraception (EC) between 2006 and 2010. Nearly a quarter of sexually active women ages 20 through 24 have used it.

All told, 11 percent of fertile, sexually active women said they had used EC, whereas back in 2002, the last time CDC surveyed women, only 4 percent had.

While more people are using EC, what's most interesting is who is using it and how. For instance, only 5 percent of women over 30 have used it. And most who have say they have only done so once—a rebuttal to the stereotype that the morning-after pill is enabling women to be irresponsible hussies.

EC is still a source of controversy [1]. Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services ruled that Plan B One Step could be sold to women under 17 only by prescription, despite the FDA's determination [2] that it is safe for all women who are old enough to bear children. HHS cited safety concerns, but reproductive rights and scientific advocacy groups accused the Obama administration of playing politics on the issue.

This data "shows the importance of expanding access to emergency contraception to all women of reproductive age," said Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The HHS decision made it harder for all women [3], not just teenagers, to access EC. Now people get carded at the pharmacy, which makes it more difficult for women without ID—or their male partners [4]—to purchase the drug. (Any delay in accessing EC is significant, since it is most effective when used within 72 hours of unprotected sex.)

The CDC study also found major differences in its use by race and education level. While the percentage of women using EC was pretty consistent across ethnic groups, black and Hispanic women—and women with no more than a high school diploma—were much more likely to have used EC after unprotected sex. The majority of white women and women with a bachelor's degree or higher were much more likely to say they had used it as a backup method when they feared their primary method had failed.

If the CDC report is any indication, emergency contraception is becoming increasingly mainstream. It will likely continue in that direction, especially as places like Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania install EC vending machines [5].

Charts by Carolyn Perot [6].
Source URL: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/emergency-contraception-plan-b-women

Links:
[1] http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-making-of-a-martyr/Content?oid=1072444
[2] http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/union-concerned-scientists-plan-b-contraceptive-sebelius
[3] http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/12/07/1303571/emergency-contraception-infographic/
[4] http://newjersey.news12.com/news/rite-aid-issues-apology-after-denying-man-emergency-contraceptive-1.4062157?firstfree=yes
[5] http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/188425981.html?refer=y
[6] http://www.motherjones.com/authors/carolyn-perot
 

Sharon W. (4)
Friday February 15, 2013, 9:45 am
Well, who would have thought?
Besides that- I don´t think that "slutty" is an appropriate word.
 

Melania Padilla (165)
Friday February 15, 2013, 12:26 pm
Good invention! Those are my words
 

JL A. (269)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:42 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Sharon because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Melania because you have done so within the last week.
 

Carol D. (98)
Friday February 15, 2013, 2:46 pm
Its good that women have emergency contraception

Noted thanks
 

JL A. (269)
Friday February 15, 2013, 3:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last week.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:17 pm
Hussies, sluts? huh... Science says there's a new kind out and that is what our catholic hospitals are now not only allowed but asked to give to women seeking help there. That was the case I recently had posted about and had made headlines here and abroad. The archbishop himself had afterwards issued that announcement with the new rule.
Thx JL
 

John B. (215)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:18 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post and the link to the very good graphs. Glad to know that women are taking advantage of this product. Just don't let Rush Limbaugh hear about it! I hope one day to see a oral medication for men made available. Read, viewed and noted.
 

JL A. (269)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:24 pm
You are welcome Angelika and John. LOL John! Star headed one way but unfortunately: You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Alison Jones (0)
Friday February 15, 2013, 6:37 pm
Birth control pills are still not allowed within many countries because men in power believe it will create "slutty" behavior in women, so I'm not surprised that the same stupid notion has been held by (I would guess) mostly men in my own country with regard to EC. The insanity that providing the option of a responsible action (taking b.c. pills, or EC) to women encourages them to suddenly, as a result, start engaging in irresponsible action is not something I personally will EVER understand.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (264)
Friday February 15, 2013, 7:31 pm
These should be available world wild
 

JL A. (269)
Friday February 15, 2013, 7:42 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Rose because you have done so within the last week.
 

TomCat S. (285)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 5:20 am
It doesn't?!!? Dang! Don't tell Rush Limbarf. It will ruin his day!
 

JL A. (269)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 6:11 am
You cannot currently send a star to TomCat because you have done so within the last week.
 

Natalie V. (27)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:31 pm
noted, thanks
 

Barbara K. (87)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:32 pm
It is downright nasty for women to be considered "slutty" or any other nasty word for taking birth control at any time. It is time for the self-serving "do-gooders" to grow up and stop treating women like sluts for anything. Using contraception and the "morning after" pill are their choices and that doesn't make them bad women. It is time to treat women with the respect they deserve.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:36 pm
Thanks for the post, JL, tried to send you a green star, too soon. lol.
 

JL A. (269)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:52 pm
You are welcome Natalie and Barbara. Thanks for both the star thought and your summary of the disrespect problem in our culture Barbara! You cannot currently send a star to Barbara because you have done so within the last week.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 3:34 pm
Slutty? Oh please, this is the 21st century with 7 billion people on it. We have to do something, don't we? I know, a morning after pill for men!
 

Birgit W. (135)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:34 pm
Outrageous!
 

Anne K. (125)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 7:29 pm
Perhaps it is making men "slutty". Oh wait, that is called "STUDLY, not "slutty", right?
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:21 pm
Yeah, funny how women get called sluts but men get called studs. Guess if all the ladies just started saying no-the studs would then be duds-right?
 

JL A. (269)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:37 pm
LOL Debra!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:54 pm
Oh, I'm still laughing at Debra's comment, too. Right on!
 

JL A. (269)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 3:58 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lois because you have done so within the last week.
 

Jade N. (22)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:35 pm
thanks!
 

JL A. (269)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:41 pm
You are welcome Jade!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:13 pm
Thanks again JLA! I love your posts because I don't have to open a new tab.
Anyway, I myself have taken EC once (condom broke) and I can confirm that it did not cause any change in my behavior afterward. I had neither more nor less sex because of it. Obviously.
Also am ETERNALLY relieved that it was available! Everyone has the right to that safety net!
 

JL A. (269)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:40 pm
You are welcome Laura! You cannot currently send a star to Laura because you have done so within the last week.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:37 am
How stupid, the morning-after pill is a great resource for women! Thanks for posting
 

JL A. (269)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:20 am
You cannot currently send a star to Sergio because you have done so within the last week.
 
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