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Oct 25 2005

Everybody Fucks

The degree of corporate American buttinskitude, when it comes to the human uterus, absolutely boggles the mind. Wal-Mart, one of the largest pharmacies in the US, won’t even stock emergency contraceptive Plan B. And by now we’ve all heard about that Target pharmacist in the primitive settlement of Fenton, Missouri who refused to fill a valid Plan B prescription, and Target’s subsequent refusal to cop to its misogynist bullshit.

I enjoyed immensely Amanda’s idea for an Everybody Poops-esque book for the fetus-fetishist godbags, entitled Everybody Fucks.

But anyway, the news isn’t all bad: The Alaska State Medical Board has voted to put the kibosh on a proposal requiring women to seek an audience with an MD prior to acquiring Plan B. The proposed doctor’s visit requirement would have added 200 bucks–and a lot of unneccessary aggravation–to the cost of the emergency contraception, which, sensibly, is currently available in Alaska directly from pharmacists without any interference from either the medical establishment or the Baby Jesus.

19 comments

  1. Sylvanite

    I guess emergency contraception makes Baby Jesus cry. :(

  2. heidi

    Dear lord. The state of affairs concerning birth control is such a joke. I can NOT believe the things people say about plan B. Its not even close to RU-486 (and I am so damn blue and left crazy that I support that devil brew too), but so many people treat plan B like its an abortion pill. Shameful and pathetic.I love your site!

  3. Joolya

    This is so fucked up. I thought Target was less evil than Wal-Mart. But nooooo, obviously uteruses are national resources! Everyone gets to vote on what you should do with yours! Fascists.
    When I was in Britain I – an American student – got the Pill for FREE and when I had a condom mishap (immediately prior to getting the Pill for free) I went to the emergency clinic and got the morning after pill for FREE. Why? Because everybody FUCKING FUCKS in British universities! (And the condoms aren’t so great.)
    Grrrrrrrrrr . . .

  4. jayann

    Why? Because everybody FUCKING FUCKS in British universities!

    and because we have a National Health Service and US students are covered by it while they’re here! The morning after pill’s free, or at prescription cost, if a doctor prescribes it, otherwise, I think, it’s £20 from a pharmacy. Pharmacists here can refuse to fill a prescription but have to tell the patient the name of a nearby pharmacy that will fill it. They should have to fill it themselves, of course.

  5. jayann

    Hey Joolya — I forgot — you mean our condoms are worse than yours? :)

  6. toby

    Hiya Twisty! Glad to see you are blaming away:)!
    Up here in MA the senate over ruled Romney’s veto of the plan B bill, which would allow pharmacies to sell it without a prescription, and require hospitals to provide information as well as the pill to women who have been raped. It seems as though it might be short lived here (I don’t think it has yet been implemented) as well as elsewhere because the FDA says it is concerned about women under the age of 17 having access to plan B without “proper” direction. So good news and bad, but it sounds like it may just get worse with the FDA involvement.

  7. toby

    Hiya Twisty! Glad to see you are blaming away:)!
    Up here in MA the senate over ruled Romney’s veto of the plan B bill, which would allow pharmacies to sell it without a prescription, and require hospitals to provide information as well as the pill to women who have been raped. It seems as though it might be short lived here (I don’t think it has yet been implemented) as well as elsewhere because the FDA says it is concerned about women under the age of 17 having access to plan B without “proper” direction. So good news and bad, but it sounds like it may just get worse with the FDA involvement.

  8. toby

    oops! Technical difficulities! Oh and by the way I would be interested in pre-ordering “Everybody Fucks.”

  9. CafeSiren

    “The Alaska State Medical Board has voted to put the kibosh on a proposal requiring women to seek an audience with an MD prior to acquiring Plan B. ”

    I’m glad to hear this. I mean, plan B decreases in effectiveness with every passing hour. How long does it take to get a doctor’s appointment where you live? More than 48 hours? I know that I often have to wait for weeks, and plan B is more or less ineffective after 72 hours. And consider further the teenaged girl who is on her parents’ medical plan. Hmmm.

    We need to get the really subversive info out there: that you can get the effects (more or less) of plan B by taking a couple of regular birth control pills within 12 hours of a sexual mishap, then one pill again every 12 hours for the next three days. The effect is the same: the extra dose of hormones prevents proper implantation. This is something that the good women at Planned Parenthood told me about back in the 80′s, when I was a mere slip of a sexually active girl. I think plan B should be widely available, but until that happens, women still need to have the information they need to keep their own reproductive decisions in their own hands.

    And has it occurred to y’all that, if the fundies are able to rhetorically classify plan B as “abortion” (which, as Heidi and others have pointed out, it’s NOT), then the IUD falls under the same category?

  10. kathy a

    go see the discussion at bitchphd — there are links to what pills and what doses are effective. http://bitchphd.blogspot.com/2005/10/sorry-my-religious-beliefs-require-you.html

  11. Nella

    Heh, i’ve seen ‘Everybody poops’ – most people i describe it to don’t believe such a book could exist. That and ‘The gas we pass: the story of farts’. The most fun you can have with such a book short of reading it is singing the title to the tune of a certain REM (?) song.

  12. BitingBeaver

    The idiocy of godbags never ceases to amaze me. Subsequently, they’re everywhere, they’re infiltrating our pharmacies, government and doctors offices.

    It also amazes me how little press things like this get. Apparently folks are simply not going to wake up until they go to refill their birth control scrips and are told, “Oh, didn’t you know? The pill is illegal now”

    *sigh* another day another Patriarchy blaming moment.

  13. Steph

    When I grow up I want to be a pharmacist so I can deny old horney men their viagra. I think it’s disgusting that old men what to slut around and have sex with four hour erections. They should be at work, or at the retirement home playing checkers and keeping it in their pants.

  14. Christopher

    What astounds me is that it’s enough to believe that plan B is against your religion; You don’t have to know a damn thing about what it does or how it works. Just the fact that you think it does something bad is apparently enough to give you the moral high ground.

  15. ae

    Tell effin’ Target: Fill My Pills Now!

    I swear to Buddha, this shit is going to be the death of me. The Dalai Lama couldn’t be calm under these circumstances.

  16. norbizness

    Actually, the post title would work better as a replacement for that whiny REM song that made me kick a puppy about 10 years ago. Don’t worry, the puppy grew up fine and successfully sued me for $35,000.

    Also dibs on the band name The Abortificants.

  17. Julia

    In Sweden, the MAP is over-the-counter and, at least last time I was in a pharmacy, sits on a little shelf BY the checkout counter, next to condoms, chapstick and fluoride gum.

    I don’t think anyone could get away with refusing to fill a scrip here.

    Then again, we’re just a bunch of atheist sex-crazed sodomites. I forgot.

  18. sarah

    But the time limit on Plan B effectiveness leads to all kinds of opportunities for denial. I tried to have a prescription filled at Rite-Aid a few months ago; it had been faxed by my Nurse Practitioner, and the pharmacist simply told me that the fax didn’t come through. So I called my LPN, who said “I’m faxing it again RIGHT NOW. Stand by the machine and don’t move until you see it come out.” So I did. And it came. And right next to it, on the counter, was my identical ORIGINAL prescription. Funny thing was, the pharmacist tried to tell me I couldn’t stand there, even though I was on “my” side of the counter.
    No policy can prevent this kind of denial of service. Thankfully, my LPN saved the day, but for many women, it takes much longer to even get a doctor on the phone, and the minutes are ticking away…
    Even funnier, when they finally did, grudgingly, fill the prescription, I had to jump through a lot more hoops to ensure that I wouldn’t “abuse” Plan B or give it to someone else. All for my own safety, mind you. What nobody asked me was “do you have a blood disorder that makes hormone based contraception potentially lethal to you?” To which I would have said, “Why yes, I do.” That was a risk I willingly undertook, sure. But if everyone’s so concerned about MY well-being, why was my alive, not-pregnant well-being the only thing NOT addressed?

  19. Anonymous

    This is a good website regarding the state laws (or lack thereof is more like it) governing pharmacists’ refusal to fill EC. Only three states explicitly require pharmacists to fill valid prescriptions (Illinois, No. Carolina & Mass….CA requires a protocol for pharmacists to ensure a prescription will be filled if that particular pharmacist refuses to fill it):

    http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/8-2005_Don'tTakeNo.pdf

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