Plan B, Prescription Free

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“Science has finally prevailed over politics, to the benefit of millions of women across the United States,” Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said to the Washington Post.

The long-fought battle over the morning-after pill, Plan B, won a major victory last week.  The pill will be “available without a prescription and without point-of-sale or age restrictions within 30 days.”  This also includes the generic version Next Choice.

Previously, people 16 and under had to have a prescription, but even that didn’t ensure you had access to the contraception.  There were numerous cases of pharmacies refusing to fill legal prescriptions for the drug, as well as blatant lying to customers about their access to the drug.

There is a lot of confusion about what Plan B actually is.  It’s birth control.  It’s literally the birth control pill.  It is the exact same hormone as in daily birth control pills, only in a higher dose.  The pill should be taken within 72 hours of intercourse in order to prevent the egg from being fertilized.

What it’s not.  It is NOT an abortion pill.  It CANNOT end a pregnancy.

It’s a big step in the right direction, and I couldn’t be more happy for the progress that’s being made.  Way to go, Judge Korman!

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