February 2, 2004
THIS IS a story of a girl who had options: abstinence, birth control or abortion. Instead, she chose not to even think of those first two options when having unprotected sex. Nor did her boyfriend. Tamika Fowler's family seemed to be otherwise engaged and did not notice that their daughter was suffering mentally. Post-partum depression is real and Tamika Fowler could have gone to any doctor's office or hospital and said, "I need help. I might hurt my child. " She chose not to. These young girls don't even attempt to abstain or get birth control.
August 23, 2005
THE TRAGIC ending to LaToyia Figueroa's life was of her own making. She already had one daughter by a seemingly decent boyfriend. What caused her to leave this boyfriend and hook up with this Poaches character? Poaches already had another girl pregnant, and I guess finding out that he would have two mouths to feed, he may have decided to get rid of LaToyia. If LaToyia wanted to sleep around, why didn't she at least take birth control? She was 24 years old, and, I hope, a little bit smart enough to know that she could get pregnant again if she didn't take the responsibility for herself and use birth control.
October 24, 2012 |
AS I HANDED my credit card to the pharmacist, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the red letters from the cash register: $49.99 for a month of birth control pills. Sure, I could afford it. But weren't there other things I could be putting my money toward? The school year had just begun and I had yet to purchase my textbooks for the upcoming semester. "Oh, well," I reasoned to myself. "Birth control is an essential. " And then it struck me. If I, a middle-class student at an expensive private university, am struggling to rationalize my birth-control expense, what goes through the mind of women in less-than-ideal financial circumstances as they decide whether to sacrifice necessities or preventative-care services?
November 30, 2012
ALDOUS HUXLEY once made this chilling observation: "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. " I thought of this in the days after the election, as the Left and the Right started arguing about what this country will look like in four more years. Those of us who did not vote for Barack Obama fear that the 2.0 version of his administration will permanently move us from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.
February 2, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Birth-control pills are known to be nearly 100 percent effective when taken properly, but a recall of the drugs could send a shudder through women of childbearing age. A manufacturing mix-up by Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, led to some packets being distributed with the pills out of order. That means a patient could have unknowingly skipped a dose and raised her risk of an accidental pregnancy. Pfizer has recalled about one million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic equivalent, but the company estimates that only 30 packets were flawed.
April 14, 2005
SOME PHARMACISTS around the nation are refusing to fill legal prescriptions if they don't share the moral values of the doctors who prescribed them or the patients who will take them. With their refusals to provide emergency contraception or standard birth-control pills, the pharmacists apparently are throwing in lectures on morality and refusing to return the prescriptions so the patients can go elsewhere. For some clients, getting a prescription from a drugstore chain depends on which pharmacist is on duty.
February 6, 2012
Did White House make the right call by requiring most insurance plans to cover birth control?
May 27, 1992 |
To reduce the number of unintentional pregnancies, the federal government is asking that the directions for taking birth control pills be simplified and standardized. About 250,000 of the 10.7 million women who take oral contraceptives in the United States become pregnant each year, mostly because they fail to take their daily dose or use backup precautions when initiating treatment, according to the National Academy of Sciences. "A surprising number of women face unwanted pregnancies each year simply because they were confused by the instructions or did not read them," said Linda Potter, senior researcher at Family Health International.
May 9, 2000 |
It's been forty years since birth control pills received FDA approval, but the medication hailed by some as one of the most significant advances of the century shows no signs of middle age. In fact, the best years for "the pill" may well lie ahead. "For most women, use of birth control pills is safer than not using it," proclaims Dr. Steven Sondheimer, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. It's pregnancy-fighting properties aside, the pill has proven itself to be valuable for a number of "off-label" qualities.
November 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists said Tuesday that birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms, no prescription or doctor's exam needed. The surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women's advocates to make the pill more accessible. But no one expects the pill to be sold without a prescription anytime soon: A company would have to seek government permission first. Plus, there are big questions about what such a move would mean for women's wallets if it were no longer covered by insurance.