Emergency Contraception

The state Senate will review a bill today that would let pharmacists prescribe emergency contraception.

Emergency contraception is also known as the morning after pill and marketed under the name Plan B.

It's essentially a high dosage of birth control pills that can prevent pregnancy if taken soon after unprotected sex.

The former top women's health official at the Food and Drug Administration, Susan Wood, is scheduled to be at the Capitol to support the bill.

She resigned last year after the F.D.A refused to allow Plan B to be sold over-the-counter nationwide.

The bill has already passed the House.

Some Republicans there said it sets a dangerous precedent by allowing pharmacists to make medical decisions.

At least five states have made the drug available without a prescription but four others have passed laws allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception.


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