Native American Women Lack Access to "Plan B" Contraception

Friday, March 23, 2012

A report by the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center says women living on Native American reservations face major obstacles to accessing Plan B emergency contraception. Close to one in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and report authors say unwanted pregnancies could be prevented if Plan B was available over-the-counter. The report also criticizes the Indian Health Service for not implementing standard policies and protocols dealing with sexual assault and rape despite being mandated to do so by the Tribal Law and Order Act.

The co-author of the report, Charon Asetoyer, is executive director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center.  

Guests:

Charon Asetoyer

Produced by:

Shia Levitt

Comments [4]

If a women doesn't want to have some guy's baby and society can help her I say let's do it. I prefer that over her committing suicide or abandoning her child or a kid dealing with a cruel mother. If folks like Ed from Larchmont want a society that restricts the rights of the people who make up society, they really need to go live in the wilderness by themselves.

Mar. 23 2012 10:55 AM
Peg from s

Ed - according to US statistics: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/main/statistics.html -
pregnancy is ended in a woman's body by natural causes in about 700,000 cases every year. If abortion were illegal, the number would rise to 900,000. This number nearly approximates the number of pregnancies currently ended by abortion (1,200,000)

Given that so many pregnancies are ended naturally, why so much concern about plan B, which mimics what many females' bodies (my own included) do on their own?

The previously mentioned website has some other startling data - like that 500,000 pregnancies do not have adequate prenatal care, 3,000,000 women of childbearing age use no form of contraception and account for almost half of unwanted pregnancies,and that in the quarter million of cases of domestic violence, pregnant women are at twice the risk of battery as women who are not pregnant.

I feel that if we address the women's health issues like the ones I noted above, the number of pregnancy terminations through abortions will be greatly reduced.

Mar. 23 2012 08:22 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Women have the right not to be raped.

Mar. 23 2012 06:12 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Plan B contraception, if it does anything, is an abortifacient.

If one enters the US illegally, one has no right to food or shelter. But if one requests contraception, an abortion, or a sex change operation, one's wishes must be granted.

(Really, all I wanted was some food.)

It shows that this administration's number one priority is Planned Parenthood and abortion and the promotion of what it regards as sexual rights, domestically and internationally. Rights to voting, housing, etc., have been replaced by these sexually related rights, which are not rights at all. What a horror.

Mar. 23 2012 06:10 AM

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