A new bill in New York could allow pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception without a prescription.
You may remember (if you’re from NY at least) that Gov. Pataki vetoed similar legislation last year because of a fear that younger women would have access to EC. Which was totally ass-backwards because there are no parental notification or consent laws in NY for abortion. So basically, a girl couldn’t prevent herself from getting pregnant, but she could terminate a pregnancy. Boggles the mind.
This new legislation is said to address most of Patakiï¿½s concerns:
Pataki, a Republican who supports abortion rights, had said he wanted minors to see a physician first. He also said he wanted to limit the number of pills dispensed and to prohibit men from getting the pills to encourage unprotected sex.
…The amended legislation would allow pharmacists to dispense only a single dose at a time and only to women. Information about sexually transmitted diseases would also be made available and prescriptions could only be dispensed within the same county as the patient’s residence. It does not set age limits.
Sounds pretty reasonable to me.
UPDATE: Jen in comments rightly points out that the restriction mandating that women can only obtain EC in the same county as they live is insane–especially in a time when pharmacists are refusing to dispense EC on a pretty regular basis.