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Q:  Why do pharmacists oppose Plan B?

Pharmacists that oppose the use of Plan B have a deeply held belief that life begins at conception.

Conception is that quick instant, yet sacred moment the sperm unites with the egg and human development begins. This process is called fertilization. Anything that is used to prevent conception/fertilization is a "contraceptive."

Thus after conception/fertilization has occurred, any chemicals or methods used to prevent the survival and growth of this developing human is an abortifacient (i.e. causes an abortion).

The FDA (see below) and Plan B's manufacturer indicate that Plan B can work by three mechanisms: by preventing ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. Because implantation occurs after conception/fertilization has occurred, if Plan B were taken by a pregnant woman, her child would be aborted (prevented from implanting to the womb).

Because of the inability to know exactly if the woman is ovulating and if conception/fertilization has occurred, pharmacists with deeply held religious beliefs are unable to comply to the dispensing of Plan B.

3. How does Plan B work? Plan B works like other birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. Plan B acts primarily by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation). It may prevent the union of sperm and egg (fertilization). If fertilization does occur, Plan B may prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb (implantation). If a fertilized egg is implanted prior to taking Plan B, Plan B will not work. FDA's information page regarding Plan B

FDA's information page regarding Plan B

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