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May 1, 2007

Join The Pill Patrol

We just signed up for the Planned Parenthood Pill Patrol. It's a campaign to organize people to check pharmacies across the country to see if they are making emergency contraception available now that it can legally be sold without a prescription.

Here's how it works:

Sign up for an account (all you need to give them is an email address, which stays private).

Put in your zipcode to get a list of pharmacies near you. The campaign is focusing on Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, and Osco because, according to PP, they "have yet to sign on to the Planned Parenthood-approved pharmacy policy guaranteeing women access to EC without discrimination or delay. We have heard reports of pharmacies refusing to provide EC in states across the country. This is unacceptable and puts women’s health at risk".

Choose some stores from the list to sign up for. You can do as many or as few as you want/have time for.

Download the toolkit that has the info about what you have to do, along with some petition sheets and stickers and stuff like that. It's easy, you're just visiting or calling a pharmacy and asking a few questions about whether they have EC and how much it costs, and if not why not, and what if anything they'll do to help you get it if they don't stock it.

Go back to the Pill Patrol site and report back what you've learned. If you have found a pharmacy that is refusing to stock EC or help customers find it elsewhere, Planned Parenthood may contact you for more info so that they can put pressure on the pharmacy to change their policies.

Come back to this post and leave us a comment telling us about your experience, so that we can all congratulate ourselves for being awesome.

Seriously, we really like this idea because it's practical and easy enough to do but also has the potential to help tons of women across the country. We like the 'please sign our online petition' style of activism as much as the next girl, but this seems more useful to us, so we'd be interested to hear if other people are participating and what their experiences are.

1 comment:

Sassywho said...

this is great, i'm linking.