Last day say yes to emergency contraception

News & Politics

The FDA has been holding a public comment period for the possibility of allowing emergency contraception -- aka, Plan B -- to become available over the counter; that public commenting period ends today. A good number of folks on the Right are riled up about the medication, claiming that it's an abortion pill like RU-486.

Absolutely untrue, folks. Plan B is a contraceptive taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. It prevents an egg from attaching to the lining of a uterus, and made up of the same hormones found in regular birth control pills. Often, it's offered in cases of rape to prevent a pregnancy (though an Arizona rape victim was recently denied Plan B by a pharmacist on religious grounds).

The FDA's public commenting website is a bear to navigate (note to Mac users: you MUST use Safari to enter your comments), but must be completed in a very specific format, so NOW has handily come up with a guide for navigating it. Visit NOW's main EC page, or read their sample comments here.

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