MASON CITY, IA – A Federal judge recently approved the “Morning-After” birth control pill for all ages. This means the Food and Drug Administration must make the emergency contraception pill available without a prescription.
The Caring Pregnancy Center in Mason City is in the business of helping with babies and expectant mothers.
Caring Pregnacy Center Executive Director, Jo Haferman said, “It’s literally about loving the girl no matter what and not judging her or condemning her for the choices she makes.”
The center is against all forms of birth control and now after a New York Federal judge has moved for the FDA to make emergency contraception – like “Plan B” – available to women of all ages without a prescription, they fear what the future holds.
Haferman said,”Anytime they have unprotected sex, they’ll just run down to the pharmacy get “Plan B” and take care of it and any time you get that amount of hormones in you system – They don’t even recommend hormones for those people still growing to begin with, let alone massive doses like this would be.”
The pill is most effective when used up to 72 hours after unprotected sex using high doses of progesterone.
And local medical professionals say most women who use it don’t stop at just one emergency.
West Fork Family Medicine’s Dr. Charity Baker said, “I know that women who do use it, use it more than once…they use it frequently.”
The pills can also have some negative side effects.
Dr. Baker said, “The company lists several, nausea, vomiting headache ect. The other issue that is potential but typically not associated with progesteron, but estroge, is increased risk of clot, so heart attack and pulmonary embolism.”
Dr. Baker says those can be avoided in many ways.
“Birth control pills, patches, rings, “Depo Provera.” And there’s other barrier methods, but of course the most important for young people is abstinence.”
If this recommendation becomes the national standard, some say it will be even more important to keep the topics open for discussion, no matter how difficult the subject.
Haferman said, “Sex needs to be an open and ongoing conversation from when they’re little tiny to when they’re older to answer questions as they’re asked and be open to listen.”