Attorney General Bob Cooper says in a formal opinion that the ban on abortion coverage in health insurance in HB2686 could include such ‘morning after’ pills as RU-486.
The highlighted section is false. RU-486 is not a ‘morning after’ pill. It is in clinical trials to be used as a form of pre-implantation birth control, but it is not okayed for use in the manner in the US now. RU-486 ends pregnancy. It is commonly referred to as the abortion pill.
It is a very different thing than the ‘morning after’ pill, which is a high dose of the hormones found in regular old birth control pills. It only prevents pregnancy. It does not stop a pregnancy already in progress.
To conflate the two is very, very sloppy in the least.
But here’s the thing–if the reporters who cover the Hill don’t understand the basics about birth control and the people who represent us don’t understand the basics about birth control, doesn’t that scare you a little bit?
It does me.