Yes, you read that right. Yale University wants to put Plan B in vending machines. Plan B is different than the abortion drug RU-486, but Plan B can still act as an abortifacient. Other schools such as Miami University-Oxford are also considering adding Plan B to vending machines or selling it on campus.
Plan B, sometimes referred to as “emergency contraception” or “the morning-after pill” can function in three different ways. It generally has to be taken 72 hours after sex, and it can act as an abortifacient.
Students for Life has written on this topic before; “As indicated on the back of Plan B packages, the first job of the pill is to prevent fertilization of a woman’s egg from her partner’s sperm by delaying the release of an egg (ovulation), preventing a pregnancy from occurring.”
“However, if ovulation has already occurred and the sperm unites with the egg, creating a new human being (in its zygote stage of development), Plan B manufacturers warn it will alter the lining of the woman’s uterus so the zygote cannot implant to continue growing. This causes a very early abortion.” You can read more here.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, notes, “Abortion groups often try to confuse and mislead people about Plan B, using the term ‘emergency contraception’ to mask the fact that Plan B can deliberately prevent implantation of a zygote, which is, by definition, an abortion. Plan B, which is essentially a stronger dose of hormonal birth control, can end a human life.”
If your school is considering bringing Plan B to campus or already has it, please contact Students for Life so we can help you develop a plan to fight back. Here’s some advice to get started:
The first order of business is to figure out who is behind these efforts and work to share your concerns with them. It might be the student government, a club on campus, or the administration itself.
Second, figure out your plan of attack. You probably won’t convince them to be pro-life, but you have some good arguments about conscience protections and how your tuition dollars are being spent. You will want to go into the meeting explaining to them why Plan B is an abortifacient, so that they’ll understand why a pro-life group is opposed to it.
Third, you’ll want to explain how tuition dollars going to Plan B, either directly or by subsidizing it, could create legal issues for the school. As a student, you expect your dollars to go to things like classrooms, professor salaries, and events on campus. You don’t expect, and you shouldn’t expect, your dollars to go to subsidizing abortion drugs, like Plan B. Also, there are likely places near campus that sell Plan B, so bringing Plan B to campus just creates unnecessary legal issues for the school, wink-wink.
Finally, you’ll want to do outreach on campus to share these same thoughts. You can table on the issue using Students for Life info on Plan B, write letters to the editor, and collect petition signatures. Your goal here is not to ban Plan B in the state, but to keep it off your campus, and prevent your tuition dollars from subsidizing it.