Senate Backs Emergency Contraception Bill

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The state Senate voted today to back a proposal that would let women go straight to the pharmacist to get emergency contraception without a doctor's prescription.

The bill still has to pass another vote before heading to Governor Owens, who says he still has some serious concerns about it. Spokesman Dan Hopkins says the governor is concerned that teenage girls would be able to get the drug, also known as the morning-after pill, without talking to a doctor first.

Emergency contraception contains two pills that contain the same ingredients as birth control pills. Taken after sex, it can stop a woman from producing an egg or prevent an egg from being fertilized.

It may also work by preventing a fertilized egg from being implanted in the uterus, which is opposed by anti-abortion advocates.