The development has potential to be more than just a convenience for women already on birth control. Public health experts hope it will encourage more to start, or restart, using contraception and help reduce the country’s stubbornly high rate of unintended pregnancies, as well as the rate of abortions.With the publicity, the crowd that wants to control women's reproductive organs will undoubtedly take to the ramparts. Easy availability of contraception — even though it discourage pregnancies that could end in abortion — is not on their wish list. Certainly not morning-after pills, which are available in some states by these new means.
And as apps and websites, rather than legislative proposals or taxpayer-funded programs, the new services have so far sprung up beneath the political radar and grown through word of mouth, with little of the furor that has come to be expected in issues involving reproductive health.