Walgreens Still Refusing To Sell Emergency Contraception To Men

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The morning after pill is over the counter for anyone over 17 — regardless of gender. Unless, of course, you live in Texas or Mississippi, where pharmacists are refusing to dispense it to men.

Earlier this year, the ACLU was alerted to the fact that Walgreens pharmacists in Texas and Mississippi were refusing to sell emergency contraception to men. The company said it sent a bulletin to all its pharmacists clarifying the law.

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But then, more recently, Adam Drake was turned away at a Houston store by a pharmacist whose manager backed her up. The manager claimed, erroneously, that the woman who was going to take the emergency contraception had to present in order to ensure she was over 17. (Clearly, this points to the contorted compromise of current FDA policy: Yes, a man over 17 could buy it and give it to a woman under 17 without a prescription. So could a woman over 17. There's still no medical reason for the age-17 cut-off.)

From the ACLU of Texas's letter to Walgreens:

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Maybe rogue men have been dropping birth control into women's drinks. More likely, these people have no fucking clue what they're talking about, which is the truly scary thing.

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drunkexpatwriter
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Here in France they are also not supposed to sell the morning after pill to dudes.

It sorta sucked because Rome Girl doesn't speak all that much French and for various reasons we can't use condoms or the pill so we rely on timing and withdrawal and every so often fuck up.

Luckily, I ended up making friends with the lady at the pharmacy near my neighborhood bar, so now I can go get the damn thing first thing in the morning if we need it (also, she allows me extra refills on my Xanax prescription, so I have to go to the doctor to get new prescriptions less often. )

It sorta helps that centre ville montpellier is a very close knit community and both my doctor and my pharmacist drink at the local pub owned by my friends, so I see them multiple times a week so they know I'm not using the morning after pill for kinky reasons and/or abusing my xanax prescription.