In a nice reversal of policy under the Bush administration, the Pentagon announced that emergency contraception will now be available on military bases worldwide. I admit I was surprised to learn that this was a policy yet to be instituted, as Plan B and the generic Next Choice drug are fully legal. I wonder if the Pentagon’s approval of this, which was announced earlier this month following a November vote by the organization’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, is in part a tacit recognition of sexual assaults committed against women in the armed forces. While it’s fury-worthy that Bush & Co. felt it was just fine to prevent women from legal contraceptive measures, this reversal is a heartening step forward by the military’s powers that be.
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