Our View

The recent approval of over-the-counter distribution of the morning-after pill came as a surprise to many people. We could sense controversy brewing over the drug when it was still in its conception. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some protesting taking place with picketers outside pharmacies on its first day of distribution.

While it probably won’t ever achieve the condom-in-a-jar availability, its upcoming over-the-counter status is sure to spike its use.

Indianola pharmacies will soon carry the drug, and students will be able to buy it when needed.

Sometimes, it may really be needed. Accidents do happen. Things can go wrong even when people take precautions.

This doesn’t warrant popping the morning-after pill with the frequency of Tylenol. Just because it’s available over-the-counter doesn’t mean it should be taken any less seriously.

Students must use the contraceptive responsibly and not rely on it as the primary method of birth control.

Though it’s not an abortion pill, it may have major effects on a woman’s body. Taking the pill as a weekend-morning ritual has its potential dangers. The woman may experience nausea, break-through bleeding or fluid retention.

Still, the benefits of using the drug outweigh the risks involved, according to the World Health Organization.

Women should use the pill with caution and only after careful consideration.