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.

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