May 25 2010
…before there is an emergency.
On the surface, ‘Be Prepared’ seems like an infallible motto of expecting the unexpected. Championed by organizations like the Red Cross and Scouts, it’s a battle call of readiness. So when the National Health Service promoted access to the morning-after pill today under this banner, the save-the-day heroes of preparedness that marched in my mind came to a screeching halt.
Released just after the airing of the Marie Slopes advertisements on abortion services on UK television, the draft guidance feels like the second blow to an already crumbling attempt in Britain to support the alternatives to abortion.
It recommends that pharmacies should offer the morning-after pill in advance, particularly for those under 25.
They should be “advised that emergency contraception is more effective the sooner it is used” and that an intra-uterine device is more effective in an emergency but can also be used long term, NICE said.
The results of this ‘be prepared’ strategy are yet to be projected, but I’d bet my Girl Scout sash it’s going to be an increase in chemical abortions and unknown physical and emotional toll on the young women who regularly undergo them.