Texas governor says rape victims can take Plan B morning-after pill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said rape victims can take Plan B, a pregnancy-preventing “morning-after pill.”

In a pre-recorded interview with KXAS-TV and The Dallas Morning News, Abbott said that victims can access health care immediately and report it.

Texas governor says rape victims can take Plan B morning-after pill

By getting health care quickly, they can get the Plan B pill to prevent pregnancy. Abbott told the Morning News that telling the police about the rape would lead to the rapist being caught and charged.

CNN has contacted Abbott’s office.

The Texas abortion trigger law, which was passed in 2021 in preparation for the repeal of Roe v. Wade, went into effect last month. It gives new criminal penalties for abortion and only lets health emergencies out of the rule.

The Lone Star State bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, one of the strictest in the country, and before many people know they’re pregnant. A fetal heartbeat prohibits abortion in Texas.

The Center for Reproductive Rights says that no developed country that lets women have abortions has set a limit of six weeks.

Plan B was approved by the FDA in 1999. Levonorgestrel is the pill’s main ingredient. This drug prevents egg release or fertilization by sperm.

Plan B may prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. The morning-after pill won’t work if the egg is implanted.

Emergency contraceptives are effective if taken within 24 hours of sex.

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