New Jersey Man Denied Emergency Contraception Because He’s A Man

Another pharmacy has reportedly refused to sell emergency contraception to a man for no other reason than his gender.

The Jersey City Independent reports that Andrew Andrade, 25, tried to purchase Plan B at a Rite Aid in Jersey City. Andrade, a graduate student, went to pick up the emergency contraception since his girlfriend works full-time and his schedule is more flexible during daytime hours.

The Rite Aide involved claims they refused to cell the emergency contraception to Andrade because he did not have proper identification. But just after he was denied his purchase at the Rite Aid Andrade went to another pharmacy, with the same identification, and was able to purchase it there.

Andrade has now retained the American Civil Liberties Union to represent him in a claim against the pharmacy. The NJ chapter of the ACLU sent a letter asking for the Pennsylvania-based national chain demanding they apologize to Andrade for refusing to sell him emergency contraception based on his gender and seeking corrective action for its employees’ violations of FDA guidelines and New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws.

“This pharmacy’s refusal to sell emergency contraception to men flouts the FDA’s clear guidelines that anyone who is at least 17 years old and has valid ID can make these purchases and it amounts to discrimination,” said Deputy Director Jeanne LoCicero, who sent the letter yesterday on behalf of Andrade. “Pharmacists and other staff do not have the personal discretion to interfere with the fundamental rights surrounding some of the most intimate decisions a person can make,” she added.

The ACLU has represented others in similar claims of gender discrimination involving pharmacies who have refused to sell emergency contraception to men, most recently in Georgia and Alabama. There are limits on an individual’s free exercise of religious beliefs, and those limits should include denying individuals access to legal and safe medication and contraception.

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Sheri J.
Sheri J5 years ago

i need to re-read the article not sure if i understand it.

Connie T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Forgive me - found the headline to this article amusing. EMERGENCY Contraception?
What?...were they in such a hurry?

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

I learned something new about Plan B. Are you sure it doesn't act lke an IUD with respect to stopping the implantation of a fertilized egg?

Martha Cortez
Martha McAlister5 years ago

The guy had a prescription, right? The prescription was given to his girlfriend by her doctor, right? So, then how could he force her to take it if she obviously wanted the prescription in the first place? People can let their imaginations go wild with their silly comments. And we all obviously noticed the writer misspelled "sell." That was not the point to this story.

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

Thanks Gee Oh Pee and the far right og to hell !

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson5 years ago

From one ditch to the other. We need balance not emotion.

MEGAN N5 years ago

The problem with situations like this aren't the honest people who have talked together and chosen this course. The problem is when a man decides to remove the womans choice by tricking her into taking the medication without her knowledge. As long as people are dishonest with each other and are willing to use children as pawns by women to try to force marriage or for finantial gain their motives will continue to be suspect.,

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell5 years ago

There seems to be some confusion as to what Emergency Contraception is. I worked at a booth for EC at a local health fair, so I had to take classes to learn about EC.

EC is NOT RU486, nor does it cause an abortion if a pregnancy already exists. It simply prevents an impending ovulation. A woman's vaginal secretions are more "sperm-friendly" just before (between 3-5 days) and during ovulation. This is to help the sperm make it to the egg. So, if she has unprotected sex, or skips a pill, or the condom breaks during that time, EC floods the system with a large amount of hormones that shut down the ovulation process. The problem is that most women don't know when they are ovulating, so EC should be used whenever regular birth control fails.

It is NOT an abortion pill, despite what some religious right-wing conservatives claim.

As somebody with a painful, chronic illness, I've had many people pick up Rx's for me and many of these Rx's were heavy-duty pain meds, such as oxycodone and even methadone. My friends had to sign for these items, which is standard procedure. But if we are playing the "you shouldn't sell it to anybody but the person who will be using it" game, then who's to say that these people weren't going to get these narcotics, leave me high and dry and sell them on the street? Or crush them up and slip them into somebody's food or drink and kill them? It's rhetoric that can be applied to anybody buying anything at any time and not a valid argument for not s

Jerry t.
Jerold t5 years ago

Linda B. how about you 'woman up' and quit trying to steal a man's seed. You make it sound like if you want his baby, he has no choice just because you slutted yourselves to each other.
If you're not married, zip it up, that's why we were given hands that reach just so far.
Do our hands reach our crotch to hide it or to play with it?. Only the gods know for sure. But I know for sure that no woman is going to entrap me into her child support schemes. Such a woman has no business with a baby in the first place.

Jerry t.
Jerold t5 years ago

Men need this because woman lie about having taken theyre's. It's called marriage entrapment.
Were I turned down, I would hand him a buis card and say "This is my attorney, he'll be contacting you soon'. I'll bet I would get the product. Especially since it's not a controlled substance. OR, if it is controlled, it is controlled by the gov. not by some random christoprick.