Huh, so they were just after emergency contraception (see *update* below post). Well I would have never applied to a university or college in Wisconsin anyway for weather related issues (too_bloody_cold). But this via Egalia of Tennessee Guerilla Women adds on another reason as to why for a whole different issue–definitely for the University of Wisconsin schools. The state’s lawmakers have passed a law banning University of Wisconsin campuses from prescribing, dispensing and advertising postcoital hormonal medical forms of birth control, and education and counseling (even post-rape victim counseling) on the subject. Especially since, you know, birth control–certainly emergency contraception such as Plan B–transforms young ‘pure-soul’ college women into shameless ‘Spring-Break Daytona Beach’ harlots.
[…]”Wisconsin has passed a bill entitled UW Birth Control Ban-AB 343. This bill prohibits University of Wisconsin campuses from prescribing, dispensing and advertising all forms of birth control and emergency contraceptives. Wisconsin State Rep. Dan LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, introduced this bill based on the belief that “dispensing birth control and emergency contraceptives leads to promiscuity.” In reality, full access to all birth control options … including emergency contraceptives … has no effect on the level of women’s promiscuity. Instead, birth control and emergency contraceptives help prevent more than 35,000 unintended births and 800,000 abortions each year.
The bill denies thousands of women essential health-care services and reproductive choices and affects their lives and futures in many ways. With this bill, rape victims will no longer be able to turn to campus health services to obtain emergency contraceptives to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, or receive postrape counseling and education … adding even more stress to a traumatic event. Students who want birth-control prescriptions, emergency contraceptives or even information about preventive birth control are forced to seek out these services at off-campus clinics. ” […]
But don’t worry, I’m sure all of the unfortunate students of UW’s campuses will practice “abstinence-only” until marriage, and all rapes and sexual assaults will cease entirely on their campuses . ::snickers:: I wonder how long some of these lawmakers who passed this bill have been out of college.
*Update*: Thanks to commenter Niels Jackson, here’s the link to the actual bill. Hope you folks like Adobe.