Greg Abbott: Texas Governor Says Rape Victims Can Take Plan B Morning After Pill

“We want to support these victims, but these victims can also access health care immediately, as well as report it,” Abbott said in a pre-recorded interview with KXAS-TV and The Dallas Morning News set to air Sunday, reports the log.

“By getting immediate access to health care, they can get the Plan B pill which can prevent a pregnancy from happening in the first place. As far as reporting to law enforcement goes, this will ensure the rapist is caught and prosecuted. “, added Abbott. , according to the Morning News.

CNN has reached out to Abbott’s office for comment.

The Texas abortion trigger law, which passed in 2021 in anticipation of the repeal of Roe v. Wade, went into effect last month, putting in place new criminal penalties for abortion and providing an exemption only for certain health emergencies.

The Lone Star State bans abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, which is one of the strictest in the nation and prohibits abortions before many people know they are pregnant. Under Texas law, abortion is prohibited when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

In developed countries where abortion is legal, none have set a gestation limit of six weeks, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which campaigns for better access to abortion.

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B in 1999. The key ingredient in the pill is a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel. This medicine prevents an egg from being released from the ovary or prevents the egg from being fertilized by sperm.

If fertilization has occurred, Plan B can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming embedded in the uterus. But if the egg has already been implanted in the uterus, the morning after pill will not work.

Emergency contraceptives are meant to be used within 72 hours after sex, but are most effective if taken within 24 hours.

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