Politics

North Carolina Lawmaker Doesn't Want Plan B Pill Taught In Schools

| by Michael Allen

Republican Rep. Chris Whitmire of North Carolina is a primary sponsor of a bill that would ban public schools from teaching students about Plan B, better known as the morning-after pill.

Plan B is available over the counter without a prescription and is used as emergency contraception after unprotected sex.

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House Bill 596 would also allow public schools to create sex ed programs without any expert review.

Whitmire claims that Plan B is a "life-ending drug" that could cause a spontaneous abortion and that schools should be able to choose a "values-based curriculum," notes WRAL.

However, WebMD reports that Plan B is "not the same as RU-486, which is an abortion pill. It does not cause a miscarriage or abortion."

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WebMD adds that Plan B "may prevent or delay ovulation. It may interfere with fertilization of an egg. It is also possible that this type of emergency birth control prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering its lining."

Any FDA-approved contraceptive can currently be mentioned in sex ed classes in North Carolina.

"Anti-choice groups around the country, they continue to argue that [Plan B causes spontaneous abortions], but in fact it's not true," Melissa Reed, Planned Parenthood vice president for public affairs, told WRAL. "There's been paper after paper, a research study and the FDA that have all said it does not work to affect a current pregnancy."

Sources: WRAL, WebMD / Image Credit: Bgtp