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WASHINGTON — The Meals and Drug Administration introduced Friday that it’ll overhaul packaging labels for the emergency contraceptive tablet, Plan B, that girls can take after having intercourse to forestall a being pregnant.
The federal company stated it is going to take away references on the contraception’s packaging that declare, with out scientific proof, that the tablet prevents a fertilized egg from implanting within the womb.
The brand new labels are meant to additional distinguish the emergency contraception — also called the morning after tablet — from abortion tablets, which finish a being pregnant after a fertilized egg has implanted within the lining of a girl’s uterus.
In a memo launched Friday, the FDA clarified that taking Plan B tablets isn’t the identical as an abortion, a indisputable fact that has lengthy been understood within the medical neighborhood.
“Proof doesn’t help that the drug impacts implantation or upkeep of a being pregnant after implantation, due to this fact it doesn’t terminate a being pregnant,” the FDA stated in its assertion.
The company added that the emergency contraception works equally to contraception in stopping being pregnant, however comprises the next dose of levonorgestrel. The tablet prevents ovulation.
About 1 / 4 of ladies say they’ve used emergency contraception tablets sooner or later, in keeping with a survey by the Facilities for Illness Management launched final yr.
Nonetheless, concern has swirled that entry to emergency contraception equivalent to Plan B is perhaps restricted in some states, after the U.S. Supreme Court docket overturned the constitutional proper to an abortion this summer season. Nevada’s Republican governor-elect stated he’d contemplate banning the tablet throughout a debate this yr. Faculty clinics in Idaho additionally prohibited the tablets beneath a legislation banning public funding for “abortion associated providers” final yr.
The Meals and Drug Administration has authorised Plan B to be used as much as 72 hours, or three days, after unprotected intercourse. Ladies are in a position to get the emergency contraception over-the-counter.