Another sign that times are changing. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is fighting back against the fundamentalists trying to deny women access to the morning after pill. [Gynecologists Fed Up With Morning-After Pill Delays] They are launching an “Ask Me” campaign, “encouraging women to get an advance prescription from their ob/gyn.”
ACOG, which represents more than 49,000 U.S. obstetricians and gynecologists, has long advocated for national over-the-counter access to Plan B, and has accused the Food and Drug Administration of stalling to approve over-the-counter use for political reasons.
“This is really a call to action — a call to make Plan B available and to make sure patients know how to use it,” said Dr. Vivian Dickerson, the college’s past president. “This is a call to physicians to educate their patients and to discuss this with their patients. This is a call to patients that this is something available, that this is an option available. Most importantly, this is a call to the FDA so they can make a decision….”
The “Ask Me” campaign will include posters for doctors’ offices and red buttons that doctors and other health professionals can wear.
One of the posters states: “Accidents happen — morning afters can be tough. … No matter what the circumstances, women need fast and ready access to emergency contraception. … Ask me today — so you have it when you need it.”
Let’s hope that other sectors of society like, say, journalists, will start rebelling again the culture of lies, fear, hate, and death that grips our country.
[Thanks to DarkSyde on Daily Dos for this.]
May 8th, 2006