The US Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it would change the label of Plan B One-Step, an emergency contraception drug, to clarify that it does not induce abortion.
The new label, which will appear on generic versions of the drug, specifies that it works by inhibiting or delaying ovulation and mid-cycle hormonal changes. According to the FDA websiteprevious labels included language about fertilization and implantation.
“Plan B One-Step will not work if a person is already pregnant, which means it will not affect an existing pregnancy. Plan B One-Step prevents pregnancy by affecting ovulation, which occurs long before implantation,” the FDA wrote in an update. website page. “The evidence does not prove that the drug affects implantation or maintaining a pregnancy after implantation, so it does not terminate a pregnancy.”
The FDA says the label change was made after manufacturers requested it. The decision also follows the wave of state abortion bans and anti-abortion rhetoric that has spread this year. Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade last summer, pharmacies across the country even limit the sale of emergency contraceptionand Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court review other caseslike those that protect access to contraceptives.
According to ABC News, emergency contraception such as Plan B has been labeled by right-wing groups as an “abortion.” But medical experts have clarified that there is a difference between emergency contraception and abortion pills, and the label change aims to clear up confusion about how the drug works.
Emergency contraception, such as Plan B, is usually taken 72 hours after unprotected sex and is used to prevent pregnancy. This differs from abortion pills, which are used to end a pregnancy at an early stage.
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