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.
Between the election & the inauguration, I bought two rounds of Plan B (the morning after pill) to have on hand should my children or their friends need it in the anti-choice hellscape that I imagined would come into being. We're a step closer to that hellscape now. 1/2
— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) June 27, 2018
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.
I just called Plan B customer service to confirm the following: Plan B (& other levonorgestrel meds) has a 4-yr shelf life; the exp. date is printed clearly on the box.— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) June 27, 2018
Here's a coupon: https://t.co/GEJMwuA52p
Here's info from Planned Parenthood https://t.co/nR6KFjiygX 2/2
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.
I'm being reminded that Plan B isn't nearly as effective over a certain weight. The alternative is known as ella.— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) June 27, 2018
Here's information on the ella morning after pill https://t.co/5EhFR0F5IJ
Here's a way to order online https://t.co/CXAWoIospd
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.
PS It's worth remembering that online information can lose its funding & go missing, be changed, etc & so on. Books are harder to get rid of.— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) June 27, 2018
This is a terrific resource on human sexuality, geared toward teens/young adults & good for anyone with questionshttps://t.co/b827ffuvXQ
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.
PPS A lot of people are talking about how useful this information will be for their daughters - SONS (/people with any reproductive organs) NEED THIS INFORMATION, TOO. Please and thank you.— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) June 27, 2018
YES, please please pleeeease include sons in this type of education — everyone benefits from learning about reproductive organs.
Another followup for the record: Plan B, ella, & all of their various forms do NOT terminate pregnancies - they prevent pregnancy from occurring in the first place. Here's information on that: https://t.co/VNaJWgDRUk— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) June 28, 2018
Also for the record, abortion is healthcare & yes I've had one.
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.