Plan B Drug Does Not Cause Abortions But Can Prevent Them

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May 6, 2009

The drug Plan B – also known as the morning after pill – will now be available to individuals who are 17 and over to purchase without a prescription. There’s a huge debate from both the pro-lifers and pro-choicers on whether or not this is right.

I believe in life and life at conception, but I don’t see how Plan B has anything to do with abortion. The drug in effect is not killing a baby. It is preventing a sperm from fertilizing an egg. I guess I just may not understand the pro-life argument for raising the age for Plan B purchasers because to me, it prevents a person from getting pregnant who then later will have to decide on whether or not to abort that child. Isn’t it better that we prevent those kinds of abortions before a child is even created?

Of course it’s true that people should not be sleeping together if they are not ready to raise a child, but we also need to be realistic here. People are going to do that regardless and if we can prevent pregnancies and abortions, I don’t see a problem with allowing teens 17 and up to purchase the drug.

Perhaps it’s the lesser of two evils that I’m arguing here because I would rather see someone take Plan B before getting pregnant, rather than later choosing to abort the child. In any event, I actually don’t believe that Plan B is an evil thing. I think it prevents the mother from making the decision to abort in the first place.

At the same time, Plan B should not be used in place of a birth control. I don’t know the long-term effects of the drug and I don’t think most people consider that when they are in the situation of having to purchase it in the first place. There is no evidence linking an increase in sexual activity with the Plan B drug so until someone comes up with solid statistical analysis of a link, Plan B seems to be the better solution in preventing unnecessary abortions.

Comment from Leslie

Is Plan B finally something that the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice communities can agree on? I do hope so. Women have been divided for far too long on the issues of abortion and birth control.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.