THE MORNING-AFTER PILL – WHY IT’S TIME TO LEGALISE IT

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Yawn… I can’t believe we need to have this conversation again.

Okay, Malta. Listen up.

We have the best laws for the LGBTQI community anywhere in the world and we’re doing pretty well economically. Most of us have travelled, not just to Europe but also well beyond. We watch foreign TV, we all know who the Kardashians are and we use the internet on a daily basis. Most of us are fluent in more than one language, and we have access to tonnes of books. Yet we still refuse to sell the morning-after pill over the counter. In fact, we refuse to make it available in any way, shape, form or size.

What? How?!

Let’s start with the basics. The morning-after pill, also known as Plan-B, is not abortive.

I repeat. The morning-after pill is not abortive. So much so, that if you’re pregnant, the morning-after pill will not induce a miscarriage. You’re thinking of RU-486 there.

The morning-after pill works by releasing 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel into a woman’s system, leading to delayed ovulation or interfering with fertilisation. It does not abort or miscarry a baby. It is 89% effective when used up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex, or 95% when taken up to 24 hours after sex.

It is not there to replace condoms. In fact, it doesn’t protect you from STIs and it’s less effective than condoms, and it’s not there as an alternative to going on a boat to Sicily to get an abortion, either.

It basically stops nature in its tracks and doesn’t allow the woman to become with child.

So what’s the big deal? Why has it not been legalised?

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It’s sold over the counter in the UK, but we can’t even hear it being mentioned without some git (a Gift of Life or River of Love member, no doubt) telling us we’re in for a lot of fire and brimstone if we do this and we do that.

It’s high time we realised that we have rights, too. We should be allowed a second chance should the condom break, or should there be a couple that is not yet ready to have children. It’s called Plan-B for a reason, people.

If you want to act all saintly, hating everything that moves and which doesn’t follow your ridiculous ideals, go for it. But I don’t understand why a woman who doesn’t want children and who, for some reason, didn’t use a condom on the night, or for whom it didn’t work, can’t get a second bloody chance.

Bigots, the lot of you.

 

Do you agree with Evelyn? Should the morning-after pill become available?

Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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