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February 06, 2007

New York puts OTC emergency contraception on Medicaid

As of February 1, New York State covers over-the-counter emergency contraception through Medicaid:

Although Medicaid normally pays only for prescription medications, as of February 1, Medicaid recipients in New York State may obtain nonprescription Plan B emergency contraception directly from a pharmacy. With Governor Spitzer’s approval, New York becomes one of the few states to ensure that poor women are able to access this time-sensitive method under Medicaid without first having to visit a physician or clinic. Still, many women in New York and elsewhere do not know what emergency contraception is, when to use it or where to obtain it—facts that point to an ongoing need for public education. Also, women younger than 18 in all states still need a prescription to obtain Plan B, making it more difficult for them to access the method quickly and use it when it is most effective. [Guttmacher.org]
This is great news for reproductive choice in New York.

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As he's a former mayor of NYC, some smart apple reporter ought to ask presidential contender St. Rudy what he thinks about this happening in his home state. Will he defend it and alienate the Republican anti-choice base, or will he cave like almost all Republicans do when push comes to shove (just like Chuck Hagel did when he voted to end debate about the Iraq resolution)?

Every so often NYS does something right.

“This is great news for reproductive choice in New York.”

I wouldn’t call it great news. It’s better than the usual shitty news regarding reproductive choice, but only by a little bit. We’ve become so used to being fed crumbs that we can no longer even imagine a full loaf. I’m sick of being grateful for practically nothing.

Great news would be a cabinet level federal Office of Reproductive Health funded on a par with the Department of Defense. Great news would be dirt cheap or free reproductive services, including abortion, available to anyone within U.S. borders 24/7, 365 d/yr, on demand. Great news would be 98% of the U.S. population living within 40 miles of lavishly funded reproductive services clinics. Great news would be a saturation education effort so that every American not in a deep coma thoroughly understands their reproductive health care options. Great news would be zero teenage pregnancies. Great news would be a moonshot level research/engineering effort to find more and more flexible, convenient, and safe birth control. Great news would be HIV struggling to survive. Great news would be a government that understood that unwanted children become unwanted adults. Great news would be overpopulation being taken seriously.

Anything less constitutes half measures.

Really great news would be free government assistance to the bible thumpers, wing nuts, and nosy moralists who want to move to El Salvador, or the Vatican, or wherever, that they can live with their kindred fruitcake souls and leave the rest of us be.

Annoying nitpick: viruses aren't living, so they can't survive or die.

"Annoying nitpick: viruses aren't living, so they can't survive or die."

Well, yes. Let's hope perhaps that someday an HIV infection becomes something like an exotic tropical disease, so rare that you average doctor has to consult his/her texts to be confident of the diagnosis. It might be possible.

The way AIDS is conveniently killing off everyone in southern Africa, that dream may turn out to be true, though not in the way you hope.

A. Levy. Most fitting you should mention AIDS in Subsaharan Africa where HIV, the bizarre BushCo bible belt reproductive health fantasies and their despicable window-dressing excuse for policy meet in lethal convergence.

Wonderful news. The pills cost like $35 a pack, so they are priced out of the range of a lot of women who need them. This will help.

-meet in convergence-
What kind of tautological, recursive, redundant nonsense is that? Sorry it's late.

Alon:

Annoying nitpick but the jury is still out on what type of life viruses are.

They *do* transmit their genetic information to their "offspring". They don't metabolize or exhibit taxis, but they fulfill one of the characteristics of life.

And viruses can become inert thorough radiation or chemical reaction. "Dead" if you will. HIV is easily killed outside the body; it's fairly wimpy in "the wild".

Most fitting you should mention AIDS in Subsaharan Africa where HIV, the bizarre BushCo bible belt reproductive health fantasies and their despicable window-dressing excuse for policy meet in lethal convergence.

The global gag rule's done a lot to exacerbate the problem, but people were dying en masse even in the 1990s, when Clinton had rescinded the global gag rule.

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