Well, when it rains it pours, or should we consider this yet another chip in the fragile rights of women in the United States. Wisconsin universities have been targeted by a bill that would ban both emergency contraception in the form of Plan B, as well as counseling on emergency contraception at the advocacy of anti-choice groups such as Pro-Life Wisconsin. Despite The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report and affirmation that Plan B is not an abortificant, the group claims to represent 20,000 Wisconsin families in their quest to prohibit 26 state campuses from prescribing Plan B, or counseling on Plan B.
“The morning-after pill kills tiny embryonic human beings and very much harms women,” said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin.
According to an article written up in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, pro-choice and family planning advocates have a distinctly different point of view.
“This is just basic, basic female health care, and it’s extremely disturbing … that women’s health is under attack here and at the national level,” said Tanya Atkinson, field manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.
The article then goes on to talk about more anti-choice plans that Wisconsin legislators have in the works, including a bill that would support pharmacists to deny Plan B based on moral grounds, as well as denying birth-control pills on moral grounds.
Sickeningly, and in some ways entertainingly enough, Republican legislators in Wisconsin are under the impression that university women in Wisconsin consider Plan B a new and exciting form of Skittles, with a zany and sometimes useful after-affect.
“I think it puts young women at great risk when they are told by medical professionals it’s just OK to take these emergency contraceptives at whim,” said state Rep. Jean Hundertmark, R-Clintonville, a co-sponsor of the bill. “It shouldn’t be taken like candy.”
The only potential silver lining to this rather dark and disgusting cloud is that while the Wisconsin House has approved the bill, and the Senate may pass it as well, Governor Jim Doyle has vowed to veto the bill when and if it came to his desk.