Had to write an angry letter to Bill Maher

by Caleb Reading

So I was watching the show (rerun from friday I think) tonight, and Bill called PlanB “the morning after pill” which is a different drug altogether. So I went to his website and posted this in the forum there.

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PlanB is NOT the morning after pill. PLEASE READ (and please fact check)

Plan B is Levonorgestrel, a drug that is often paired with Ethinyl Estradiol and sold as a birth control under the names Alesse, Aviane, Enpresse, Lessina-28, Levlen, Levlite, Levora, Nordette, Portia, Seasonale, Tri-Levlen, Triphasil, Trivora-28, and (I’m sure) a few others as well.

Levonorgestrel IS NOT AN ABORTIVE AGENT. Even in the higher doses of Levonorgestrel that Plan B contains, the drug cannot induce a miscarriage. If the egg is already fertilized it will not induce a miscarriage. It is, in layman’s terms, jump-starter birth control. It has to be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent fertilization. It WILL NOT affect a fertilization that has already occurred.

I’ll repeat this again: PLANB (LEVONORGESTREL) IS NOT AN ABORTION DRUG.

The fact that I now hear people even on the left call it an abortion drug is testiment to the radical right’s ability to mislead people to get support for something entirely different: their war against preventing a pregnancy in the first place.

RU-486, by the way, is another drug altogether. The active ingredient is Mifepristone. I’ll say that again: “Mifepristone”. Doesn’t sound like “Levonorgestrel” does it? That’s because IT’S NOT THE SAME FRICKIN’ THING.

RU-486, when taken for pregnancy termination in the U.S., is only legally given INSIDE THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE after SEVERAL screening appointments. Which means you CAN NOT get it at a drug store.

And yet we hear of pharmacists unwilling to dispense the “morning after pill” because they don’t want to “kill a fetus”. These incompetents apparently slept through their pharmacology classes (or the required pharmacy ethics class) because they are talking about dispensing PlanB which IS NOT THE “MORNING AFTER PILL” AND IS NOT AN ABORTIVE DRUG.

It simply terrifies and sickens me that there are pharmacists so truly ignorant or willfully ignorant that they will misrepresent what PlanB actually is to engage in punditry with other people’s healthcare.

I’m an underpaid, underappreciated pharmacy technician, and I can promise you this: if I ever work with a pharmacist who refuses to fill PlanB or any other birth control because he/she delusionally thinks it’s an abortive agent, I will personally stomp his/her ass till he/she wishes that I was never born.

That’s a promise, America.

I am not a Democrat; I’m just paying attention.

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UPDATE

Okay, and one more thing I’ve gotta add.

Someone’s probably going to post “but it is a morning after pill; you take it the morning after sex don’t you?”

A statement for which I’ll make a preemptive strike (shock and awe, baby):

To call it “the morning after pill” because you can take it the morning after sex is intentionally misleading or ignorant of the connotation the news media has built around the phrase “morning after pill”. When RU-486 was first legalized in France in 1988, the news called it “the morning after pill” and has continued to do so ever since. It was still a commonly accepted nickname for this abortive drug when RU-486 was approved by the FDA for use in the US in 2000. That’s 17 years now that an abortive drug has been called “the morning after pill”.

To call something like PlanB a “morning after pill” is to be either ignorant of the well-known association of that phrase with an abortion drug or to be intentionally misleading for political reasons.

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