From the link:
In the US, women age 17 and over have the legal right to get emergency contraception — sometimes called Plan B or “the morning after pill — over the counter and without a prescription at their pharmacy.
But not, it seems, if you’re Native like me. I live on a reservation in South Dakota and when I went to get emergency contraception, the IHS workers told me I’d need to drive to a clinic over an hour away. I don’t have a car and neither do many people on the rez.
It turns out this is happening all over the country to Native women- a recent roundtable report by the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center found that women are often told they have to see a doctor or have a prescription to get EC. Some find that the pill isn’t in stock on their reservation. I even heard about a woman who was raped who was shamed and then turned away.
This is especially alarming in light of the fact that 1 in 3 Native American women will be raped in their lifetime. I haven’t become a statistic but I live in fear that if the worst happened, I wouldn’t even have the resources to prevent a pregnancy.
Thanks goes to jolly-dolly for the link!