Pro-Abortion Women are Stocking Up on Abortion Drugs in Case Roe v. Wade is Overturned

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 12, 2018   |   11:24AM   |   Washington, DC

Women who support abortion say they are stocking up on emergency birth control pills, including types that may cause abortions, out of fear that Roe v. Wade may be overturned.

A new Time Money article claims women have been buying up Plan B and other emergency contraception drugs ever since President Donald Trump announced his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

The story profiled several women who have been buying the drugs for themselves, their daughters or friends. It noted that the drugs’ manufacturers would not confirm any spikes in sales.

According to the report:

Across the country, Americans are stockpiling emergency contraception in light of Justice Kennedy’s retirement and President Donald Trump’s Monday nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The nation’s highest court is on its way to having a conservative majority, making threats against Roe v. Wade seem more dire than ever. People are shelling out $10 to $50 per dose even if they’ll never use the drugs themselves — they just want to have them available in case reproductive rights come under attack. That way, if a daughter, a son, a neighbor, a friend or a stranger finds themselves worried after having unprotected sex, they still have a modicum of choice.

One is Cate Stuart-Hodges, who works for a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She said she has been saving money to donate to pro-abortion groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and buy emergency contraception.

Stuart-Hodges said she recently spent $100 on levonorgestrel morning-after pills to give to her 14-year-old daughter and friends in case Roe is overturned.

“It’s rage-inducing that we are in this position where we’re having to think about this right now in 2018,” she said.

Another, Travis Stewart, said she just bought 10 boxes of a generic morning-after pill online to hand out to friends.

Emily Hauser, a librarian in the Chicago area, said she went out and bought Plan B drugs for her daughter just hours after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

According to Time, “she’s worried her teenagers won’t be able to access Plan B if Roe v. Wade, the decision that protects a woman’s right to abortion, gets overturned after Kennedy leaves the Supreme Court.”

“I want to make sure I can provide some level of protection,” she told the news outlet. “If either [kid] comes to me and says, ‘Oh, God, we made a mistake,’ I’ll say, ‘Here you go.’”

The FDA said Plan B does not stop a pregnancy when a woman already is pregnant, but some pro-life groups have pointed to comments from the maker of the drug and studies indicating that the drug can act as an abortion agent in some cases, terminating the life of a unique human being hours after conception.

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If Trump’s nominee, federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is confirmed to the Supreme Court, the majority of justices would be conservative, opening the doors for more restrictions on abortion, protections for unborn babies and even the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned. It could mean America would no longer be one of seven countries in the world that permits elective abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the Supreme Court. National pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.

Since 1973, about 60 million unborn babies have been legally aborted under Roe v. Wade, which allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth.