American women have more than doubled their use of emergency contraception in recent years, thanks mostly to millennials, according to the latest episode of Girls. No, just kidding; we know 11 percent of women have used emergency contraception at least once, up from 4.2 percent in 2002, and that nearly one in four women between the ages of 20 and 24 who had ever had sex have taken the morning-after pill at some point, because the National Center for Health Statistics just released the results of a massive four year study. Gee, sounds legit, doesn't it? Let's utilize this information to fight the minority of high-powered conservatives who irrationally call the shots — based on morals, not data — when it comes to the majority of vaginas.
The report on emergency contraception confirms that all kinds of women — old and young, married and single, from all ethnicities and education levels — depend on emergency contraception (aka Plan B, Preven, or the morning-after pill) to prevent unintended pregnancy, which is why it matters that the federal government make it available OTC without prescription for women of all ages. (Currently, only women 17 and older can get it without a prescription, and many health clinics and pharmacies illegally give even women of age a really hard time due to their personal and nonsensical qualms.) Even pediatricians think teens should have unrestricted access to the morning-after pill, you guys. This is a no-brainer.