Last month, feminist blogger Biting Beaver wrote about a nightmarish experience she’d had with a broken condom and a callous medical system that refused to give her emergency contraception over the counter or by prescription.
Instead of getting medical care during the critical 72-hour window of opportunity, BB was stalled, humiliated, scorned, quizzed, and deceived. A nurse tried to tell her that EC was “the abortion pill,” and other health care providers grilled her about her sexual history and her marital status. Her pharmacy wouldn’t sell it to her OTC, her doctor wouldn’t call in a prescription, and the local emergency rooms wouldn’t give her a ‘scrip because she wasn’t raped or married.
Pat yourself on the back, culture of life, Biting Beaver is pregnant and she’s getting death threats.
Biting Beaver is a blogger here in rural Ohio. I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m not. I am angry, tho. The “Religious Right” has actually created an abortion that didn’t have to happen. Had this woman been able to get competent medical care and a prescription for emergency contraception – something that should not require a prescription and is not an abortifacient – the accident that resulted in birth control failure would have ended there.
Instead you’ve got an angry, bitter woman who has to face public shame (and online death theats!) because a condom broke and another child would be a serious hardship to her and her three existing children.
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