Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Via Feministing:

A woman in Oxford, MS, was harassed by the pharmacy staff when she tried to purchase Plan B.

Emergency Contraception is sold over the counter to women over 18 years old, yet the woman said:

The pharmacy worker started asking for proof of insurance in order to get the pill. My girlfriend refused and asked to speak to someone in charge. The pharmacist then came, and my girlfriend told him she simply wanted Plan B and that her ID should be good enough. The pharmacist then went about getting the pill, but they also seem to have a policy, a abortion clinics, of forcing a waiting period of an hour and giving adoption literature to the person requesting the contraceptive. Now, Plan B is just an additional spermicide [ed note: while Plan B is a form of contraception, it is not, in fact a spermacide], not an abortion pill, but that's another can of worms. In the end, my girlfriend demanded the Plan B immediately, and she got it, but not without a fair amount of interference on Walgreens' part. They also insisted on writing down her driver's license number.

Getting emergency contraception can often be harrowing enough -- 9 times out of 10 you're getting it because a condom broke or an unexpected situation. I'm happy to report that I've had an absolutely pleasant experience in NYC -- where the pharmacist didn't even blink an eye and happily handed over the contraception. But asking for insurance? Giving adoption literature? Missouri, get with the program.

Contact the Oxford Walgreens at (662) 513-0894. Contact the corporate offices or call at (877) 250-5823 and tell them that store number 7757 is harassing women trying to buy Plan B.

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