Well, look at this: a news item that could be used as catnip for conservatives against emergency birth control. Until they actually read it. A new study finds that the number of women using the morning-after pill has doubled since it became available without a prescription. Since 2006, the pill has been used by nearly 10% of women polled, up from 4% in 2002, when it was still prescription-only.
It's a controversial topic. The pill is, of course, supposed to lower the rate of unwanted pregnancy "when a diaphragm slips, a condom breaks or a woman forgets to take her birth-control pills," and in cases of rape. However, then and now, there's always someone who'll argue that women use it as an "abortion pill." Are they right?
Not really. While popularity of the method has increased, it hasn't produced a frenzied sex-crazed, pill-popping female populace, as conservatives might have feared. And nor should it, since it's a weird scary Russian Roulette form of birth control that's hard on women's bodies.
Moreover, more women using the pill doesn't mean that more women are entering into risky situations — just like more condoms in schools doesn't mean more kids are having sex. It probably means that more of those women aren't ending up with unwanted pregnancies or having abortions.