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Rush Limbaugh Botches Plan B, Conception Explanations (Audio)

| by Michael Allen

No one has ever accused Rush Limbaugh of understanding women's issues, but the conservative talk show host apparently does not understand women's reproductive processes either.

On his June 11 radio show, Limbaugh claimed the emergency contraceptive pill known as "Plan B" was an "abortion pill," but failed to mention that Plan B only works to prevent pregnancy (audio below).

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Limbaugh was responding to the Obama administration's recent decision to abide by a judge's ruling, which allows women of any age to buy Plan B without a prescription.

Limbaugh went back and forth with a caller about Plan B before finally accepting that the pill does not cause abortions. Limbaugh then complained it would lead to more teen sex.

After returning from a commercial break, Limbaugh claimed again that Plan B caused abortions (audio below).

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"Plan B prevents the egg from implanting. It does not prevent conception," announced Limbaugh, who also said the pill "delays the release of the fertilized egg to the uterus."

However, MediaMatters.org reports: "While he claimed that eggs are fertilized and then released, with rare exception [ectopic pregnancy], an egg is actually released from the ovary into the fallopian tube and then later fertilized after beginning its descent into the uterus."

Limbaugh is also debunked by the New York Times: "Studies have not established that emergency contraceptive pills prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb, leading scientists say. Rather, the pills delay ovulation, the release of eggs from ovaries that occurs before eggs are fertilized, and some pills also thicken cervical mucus so sperm have trouble swimming."

Sources: New York Times and MediaMatters.org