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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Monday, April 3, 2006

Plan B Article

William Saletan has an article in concerning Plan B.  The article is entitled, The Birds and the B's:  Are Morning After Pills Abortion or Contraception?"  He writes,

If you thought it was hard figuring out your views on abortion and birth control, get ready to wrap your mind around something in between.

Emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after pill" and marketed in this country as "Plan B," is a drug that a woman can take after sex but before an embryo attaches to her womb. If you don't know much about this murky week in the reproductive process, it's time to learn. Lawmakers in many states are deciding right now whether EC will be easy or hard to get. Some say it causes abortions. Some say it only prevents them. And the dirty little secret is, nobody really knows.

He makes some good points about the importance of how Plan B is understood by consumers and others interested in the abortion debate.  [bm]

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