Remember when retail stores limited purchases to at-home COVID-19 testing? after the reversal of Deer vs WadeRetailers are now restricting purchases of Plan B emergency contraceptive pills due to increased demand.
on Monday, Wall Street Journal reported that CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and Rite Aid are all seeing increases in Plan B tablet purchases. Three of these companies ration over-the-counter drugs in stores, online, or both.
With Roes Scott’s reversal on June 24, 13 states have already passed pro-life laws and there is high demand for Plan B pills in the event women in pro-life states otherwise kill their children. I can not use.
Major retailers are rationing over-the-counter emergency contraceptive pills as demand surges following the Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion #WSJWhatsNow pic.twitter.com/h32eCZseTA
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 28, 2022
A spokesman for CVS said WSJ That the company “has implemented temporary purchase limits to ensure fair access.” Walmart claimed it regularly rations high-demand products, and Rite Aid reported WSJ That “it restricted the purchase of pills online and in stores due to increased demand.” Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. reportedly had a purchase limit on its website, but claimed it was “a bug that will be fixed soon.”
Hmm… looks messy.
Plan B, the best-selling brand of emergency contraception, is a pill that doesn’t require a prescription. This is often referred to as the “morning after pill” and should be taken within three days of unprotected sex. If the pill is taken early enough, it is supposed to prevent the woman from ovulating, but if that doesn’t work, or if the pill is taken later, it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.
Although these pills are scientifically different from chemical abortion pills, the latter form is often considered an abortion to the pro-life community because it terminates a fertilized egg.
Nonetheless, birth control is still legal in the United States and this increase in retail sites and locations was an irrational decision. The WSJ explained why there is an unnecessarily high demand.
In the days following Friday’s court ruling, social media was deluged with comments either encouraging or banning people from stockpiling contraceptives. Some users reported that they kept buying more; Others argued against buying supplies because they feared it would cut off access to urgent needs.
WSJ It also includes Planned Parenthood’s response to the surge.
Planned Parenthood Monday advised against stockpiling emergency contraceptives because they have a limited shelf life and because hoarding supplies can limit access to women who desperately need them.
Ethics aside, there are no reports of states having stopped distributing Plan B contraceptive pills, but if they do, maybe the chastity belt will eventually reach major demand.