>Morning after pill oxymoron

>The Washington Post article on the delay of approval for Plan B, by Lauren Neergaard reminded me that the whole discussion is an oxymoron:

Most women hoping to buy emergency contraception without a prescription will have to wait awhile longer.

Who is going to be “hoping” for an emergency???

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2 thoughts on “>Morning after pill oxymoron

  1. >Presumably the author meant "hoping to be able to" buy it without a prescription.But, at any rate, hoping to buy the medication is not the same as hoping to have had unprotected sex. Presumably, one hopes not to have unprotected sex, but, in the event that did happen, one would then hope to buy Plan B. Note also that many people recommend obtaining a dose before needing it, to avoid a last-minute crisis if one does need it later. So it's certainly possible to hope to be able to buy Plan B while still hoping not to need it.And, finally, there is nothing oxymoronic about any of it. (For one thing, "oxymoron" refers to the meanings of words, not to having conflicting desires. You may have been thinking of "contradictory" or "ironic".) Although it may be ironic to want to have something one does not want to use, like health insurance, air bags, and abortion rights, it beats the alternative.

    Posted by Kevin T. Keith | August 28, 2005, 10:05 pm
  2. >No, Keith, the alternative is to have a child. I'm a big believer in spacing children by ethical means. But, so called "emergency contraception" is neither in the cases where a woman could buy it in advance. Actually no one knows the mechanisms for sure. The protocol might to serve to delay ovulation or impede the meeting of the egg and sperm by affecting the motility of each. But, the intention of "EC" is to prevent the implantation of a human embryo – by any means. The intent is not ethical, so the action can't be ethical.If she's planning ahead, she should use a reliable barrier method and or other true contraceptive.Humane humans don't kill their own children at any stage of their lives.

    Posted by LifeEthics.org | August 29, 2005, 12:19 am

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