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The Limitation of Emergency Contraception and Censorship of Abortion Pills

Following the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, emergency contraception pills and abortion pills have attracted attention.

With a recent demand for emergency contraceptive pills, such as Plan B and Aftera, pharmacies including Rite Aid, CVS, and Walmart began limiting the number of pills individuals can buy at once.

CVS announced that the limitation was to ensure “equitable access and consistent supply on store shelves” but that the chain still has an ample supply of such pills. On Tuesday, CVS said that the limitations will no longer be in place as sales and demand have started to level out and that the purchase limit of three per customer will be reserved shortly. The reversal will be reflected both in-store and online.

Alicja Wojcyyk, the senior manager of external communications for Rite Aid, told CNN via email, “Due to increased demand, at this time we are limiting purchases of Plan B contraceptive pills to three per customer.”

Amazon is also limiting its emergency contraceptive pill sales to three units per customer after an increased demand and spike in purchases.

“Using (emergency contraception) does not cause an abortion. An abortion ends an existing pregnancy. EC prevents pregnancy from occurring. EC must be used soon after unprotected sexual intercourse to be effective. It does not work if pregnancy has already occurred,” said The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

In addition to emergency contraceptive pill limitations, Instagram and Facebook have begun censoring information regarding abortion pills.

When the court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade and deny the constitutional right to an abortion, social media posts multiplied, many aiming to help women living in states with preexisting abortion bans that quickly went into effect.

Instagram and Facebook immediately began removing posts with information regarding abortion access and abortion pills such as mifepristone and misoprostol. A particular post, reading “DM me if you want to order abortion pills, but want them sent to my address instead of yours,” was taken down by Instagram within minutes.

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