Mom shares important thread on Plan B in light of Supreme Court news
After Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he plans to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, women immediately began worrying about the fate of Roe v. Wade. Many have been publicly urging each other to get IUDs and to stock up on birth control. One mom’s Twitter thread offers a slew of great information on Plan B and why we should “stock up” on it now.
Plan B One-Step is a tablet that contains levonorgestrel, a hormone used in many birth control pills since birth control pills became a thing. It contains a higher dose, but works in a similar way to prevent pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. It’s also possible that Plan B can work by preventing the fertilization and/or attachment of an egg to the uterus. It’s safe, and, for now, it’s a legal form of birth control.
After the news of Kennedy’s retirement had women everywhere contemplating their probable fates as Handmaids, writer Emily L. Hauser shared some helpful knowledge about Plan B on her Twitter account — and why she’s stocking up.
She says that between November 2016 and January 2017 (more commonly known as the election and inauguration from hell), she bought a couple of rounds of the Plan B pill to have “on-hand” in case her kids or their friends would need it “in the anti-choice hellscape that I imagined would come into being.”
Thanks to Kennedy’s retirement, there’s an inescapable, depressing probability that Trump will appoint an anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-everyone-but-rich-white-men justice to the Supreme Court.
Hauser feels that if we want to protect ourselves, one way we can do that is we’ve gotta grab some Plan B and we’ve gotta grab it now.
It has a four-year shelf life! Just enough time to get us through to the (please, God, please) next non-Trump presidency in 2020 and beyond.
While the makers of Plan B claim the pill works for women “at any weight,” research has shown that women who are overweight are three times more likely to experience Plan B failure. So Hauser offers up a “Plan C,” if you will: Ella.
And in case you prefer your information the old-fashioned way, Hauser’s got you covered — because you never know what misinformation the government will help spread regarding women’s bodies and reproduction.
YES, please please pleeeease include sons in this type of education — everyone benefits from learning about reproductive organs.
And before anyone starts clutching their pearls — for the MILLIONTH time — Plan B is not an “abortion pill.” So please never call it that, okay? IT DOES NOT CAUSE ABORTION.
It works before pregnancy begins — before fertilization and implantation. Emergency contraception like Plan B doesn’t work if a woman is already pregnant. It helps women who don’t wish to become pregnant avoid getting pregnant and therefore leads to less abortions — but also, abortions are legal and medical and an important part of women’s healthcare, thanks for coming to my Ted talk.
If you’re anxious about what lies ahead for women and their bodies (a 100% valid concern), buying Plan B is as easy as adding it to your Amazon shopping cart and having it on your doorstep in two days.
And before anyone criticizes the collective panic over Plan B, IUDs, and abortion rights — know this: every single person on Trump’s shortlist of 25 potential judges has vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade — we’ve simply got to take care of ourselves.
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