As a person who has had to seek emergency controception twice in my life, you would not believe how difficult it is to get, and I am really following these stories and feel that it needs to be more open to women and every woman needs to have access.
I have even called doctor's offices who acted like they didn't know what I was talking about, or said that it was ONLY given to rape victims.
The first time I sought it, I sat on the phone for an entire day calling more than 50 offices before I could find a doctor that was even willing to see me for it. I ended up having to drive an hour away because no doctor in my area would do it.
The second time I called my PCP, but my regular Dr. wasn't available, even after telling the appointment setter what I was coming in for...she put me with an NP that had a religious objection to emergency controception...WHY DOESN'T THE APPOINTMENT STAFF KNOW THIS????? Why schedule the appointment at all?
Their stupid excuse? "the front staff doesn't give medical advice". I said, "Oh, so if I called the front staff and said I needed a breast augmentation, you would schedule the appointment, have me come in, and see the doctor or NP to tell me you didn't offer that service here, and then bill me? Give me a break!"
The NP proceded to bring the only other doctor into the room, that SHARED her same religious views, and then they started asking me if I believed in God, asked if I went to church regularly, etc.
I was LIVID. In essence, they were trying to convince me to "take my chances", and didn't seem to care that I kept telling them I wasn't prepared to have a child or give birth to one and give it away at that time.
The doctor finally called another one in the practice, who had already called home who was willing to call in the prescription, but they made me feel like a piece of crap at the same time, and made it sound like they were doing me the biggest favor, and I should be so incredibly grateful.
I left, got my prescription filled, and went back the next day and asked for a quick moment with my regular PCP...I explained to her what happened and I told her after 7 years of coming there and referring countless patients, I would not be coming back and was there to retrieve my medical records.
Women should NOT have to go through that.