We’ve seen many a flash mob thanks to the Interwebs…kids doing the “Harlem Shake,” Oprah & her fans dancing to “I’ve Got A Feeling,” and countless more. But what about when a flash mob is used for activism?
Earlier this week, members of the New York National Women’s Liberation visited a pharmacy near Union Square with their own flash mob in support of unrestricted access to Plan B, the “Morning-After Pill.” While it is legal to get it without a prescription if you are 17 or over, you still have to ask the pharmacist to get it for you (behind the counter).
Activists from NY National Women’s Liberation have been involved in a lawsuit, Tummino v. Hamburg to win unrestricted access to the Morning-After Pill. The suit has been going on since 2005 when it charged that the Food and Drug Administration (under George W. Bush) was creating anti-birth control policies not based in science but for political gain. Despite President Obama and Health and Human Services’s 2011 decision to allow access to women 17 and over, the age restrictions still prohibit young women from having agency over their reproductive health decision-making. Not all young women can safely go to their parents for permission to get the “morning-after pill” because of political, religious and social reasons.
According to NY National Women’s Liberation:
There is no medical reason to limit women and girls’ access to the Morning-After Pill, based upon the FDA’s repeated review of the scientific and medical evidence. Over 60 physicians and health organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, agree with the FDA that the MAP should be over the counter. Women and girls in at least 63 other countries can get the MAP without a prescription.
Last week the judge issued an order that indicated he expects to make a decision on the case by the end of the month so there is still time to support this ongoing action. Sign the petition and spread the word to your lady friends and male allies!