North Carolina Abortion Advocates Upset Morning After Pill Not Sold

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 18, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 18
, 2007

Charlotte, NC ( — Abortion advocates in North Carolina are upset that a survey they conducted found nearly half of the pharmacies there don’t stock the morning after pill. That’s after the Food and Drug Administration approved over the counter sales last year.

NARAL’s North Carolina affiliate conducted the survey, in which it claims 40 percent of all pharmacies in the state don’t carry the Plan B drug, which can cause an abortion in some circumstances.

The group says the high figure is due to confusion and moral and religious opposition to the drug by pharmacists and pharmacy owners.

Melissa Reed, the executive director of the pro-abortion group, complained about the results of the survey to AP saying "Availability of emergency contraception is critical to reducing unintended pregnancy."

However, figures from Scotland show that a decision to sell the morning after pill over the counter resulted in an increase in the number of abortions.

In the past five years since the morning-after pill was made available over-the-counter, hundreds of thousands of women have used it but the number of British abortions has also risen steadily from 186,300 in 2001 to 194,400 last year.

Professor Anna Glasier, director of the Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust in Edinburgh, wrote an article in the British Medical Journal showing that, while the morning after pill had been called a solution for both abortion and teen pregnancies, it failed to deliver.

“Despite the clear increase in the use of emergency contraception, abortion rates have not fallen in the UK," she wrote.

Frances Forrester, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina chapter of the Concerned Women for America, said she disagrees with the pro-abortion group about whether the drug should be readily available.

"This is not a right that the proponents seem to think it is," she told the Associated Press.

According to the NARAL survey, 11 percent of the 600 pharmacies surveyed said they would require a prescription for the morning after pill before dispensing it and prices quoted for the pills ranged from $25 to $500.

Jay Campbell, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, says he’s unaware of any state law forcing pharmacies to carry a certain drug. But he added that he thought all pharmacies should carry all legal drugs.