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Emergency contraception is now in play in the fight for women’s reproductive rights. When the Supreme Court ruled to reverse Roe v Wade on June 24, 2022, the first thing that came to question was which states would ban abortion and which would leave the decisions to their citizens. It’s been less than a week, and we already see the right to prevent pregnancies hanging in the balance. Consequently, the attack on contraceptives like the ‘morning after pill’, Plan B, has already begun in states with bans and harsh restrictions on abortion.
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Earlier this week, Saint Luke’s Health System announced that it would no longer be providing emergency contraceptives like Plan B to patients. Then after an internal review, they contracted the statement saying they would continue to serve the options at its Missouri hospitals and clinics. Saint Luke argues that Missouri’s new abortion ban is ambiguous and said, “even among state leaders, it’s not clear what the law prohibits.” Missouri’s state abortion laws make no exception for rape or incest; however, they do if the pregnancy risks the mother’s life or causes her physical impairment.
The fear of contraception bans has led to the morning pill flying off store shelves. Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Rite Aid have limited the sale of these products. CVS was first to make this decision after seeing a spike in sales after Roe v Wade was overturned. They have since halted the limit as sales have begun to normalize again. For Amazon, the limit remains at two units per week, followed by Rite Aid at three and Walmart at ten.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office clarified Wednesday that using and providing Plan B or any contraceptive is not prohibited under state law. The state’s governor, Mike Parson, also assured the Supreme Court ruling would not make emergency contraceptive pills illegal.
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