Know the facts

To the Editor:

I must respond to your last Viewpoint editorial because you make some strong statements which are simply not correct. Plan B is emergency contraception and is not an abortion pill. Plan B is the same hormone included in many birth control pills and does not induce abortions.

As stated by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, "Emergency contraceptive pills will not cause an abortion. Emergency contraception is not the same as the abortion pill. There is no time when the emergency contraceptive pills available in the United States would end a pregnancy once it has started."

Furthermore, it is not affected by the Affordable Care Act because women do not need a prescription from a doctor to buy it. It is already available over the counter from the pharmacy for women 18 years and older. It will remain available over the counter at the pharmacy regardless of this act.

I believe it's important for every American to have access to quality health care and the facts.

Lynne Macco, M.D.


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