As the demand for Plab B pills starts to surge in the wake of the recent SCOTUS decision, CVS and Walmart have stated their intent to start rationing the medication, according to a recent report.
In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, which was the 1973 opinion from the high court that made the argument that the Constitution guaranteed the right for someone to have an abortion, many surgical centers that had previously been doing the now illegal procedure ended up shutting their doors across many more conservative states. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, many retailers have taken to restricting the sale of many over-the-county contraceptives.
Walmart has “some pills available without limits, but only in cases where they wouldn’t ship until next month” but will not be limiting their sales down to “four or six” at a time, stated the outlet. CVS is also “limiting purchases to three” as a method to help ensure “equitable access.”
The medication in question, Plan B, stops the release of an egg from the ovary, assists in the prevention of the union of sperm and egg, and sometimes stops fertilized eggs from being able to implant themselves into the womb, as stated by documentation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“The pills, which are available without a prescription, are often referred to and sold under the Plan B brand,” explained the report from The Wall Street Journal. “Also called morning-after pills, they are designed to be taken up to three days after unprotected sex.”
Plan B and other products in the same realm ordinarily go for around $10 to $50. The “cheapest option available” from many major retailers this past Monday was around $35, as stated by the outlet.
Despite the closing of many abortion clinics throughout many parts of the country, medication has been used for over 54% of all abortions throughout the United States, as confirmed in a report from Guttmacher Institute — a notable increase from back in 2017 when medication accounted for just 39% of all abortions. Currently, the FDA has authorized a series of two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, in order to carry out abortions on babies all the way through ten weeks of gestation. Recently, Louisiana pushed through legislation this past month that would set fines and jail time as a consequence for those who send out those abortion medications.
“Medication abortion can be completed outside of a medical setting — for example, in the comfort and privacy of one’s home,” stated the Guttmacher Institute. “Pills can be provided at a clinic or delivered directly to a patient through the mail… in areas of the country that are rural or underserved by providers, medication abortion can save a patient hundreds of miles of travel.”