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12/06/06

Planned Parenthood Giving Morning After Pill Away for Free

Planned Parenthood clinics across the United States including right here in the Coastal Empire are giving away the morning after pill.

In August the FDA approved drug, over the counter pill for anyone over 16.

Today Planned Parenthoods are celebrating the FDA's decision by handing it out for free.

People were waiting in line to get the pill at 8 thirty this morning, and they kept coming all day. But not everyone agrees with what the agency is doing.

Plan B, experts call it an emergency contraceptive. And Heather Holloway, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood says its just a form of birth control.

"You can take up to five days after unprotected sex, and it's going to make the body stop ovulating or thicken the lining of uterus so egg can't implant," said Heather Holloway

And for one day, Planned Parenthood handed the pill out free.

When you go to the Planned Parenthood clinic today, all you have to do if fill out a basic information sheet, and show your ID to prove that your over the age of 18, and then they'll give you Plan B for free.

But it's not limited to just woman over the age of 18. Staff members say those who are 16 and 17 can also get it for free, but they'll need to talk to the nurse on hand who will write a prescription.

"Putting Plan B over the counter has put it more accessible to woman it is something you need to take in a timely manner and accessibility is important," said Holloway.

An important advancement Holloway says, for women in the United States.

Some parents think Planned Parenthood is doing the right thing.

Christa Smalls has a 17 year old daughter.

"If she thought it through and felt it was necessary and didn't want a child and not ready and it was available for free and she had the option, why not take advantage of it," said Smalls.

But not everyone agrees with Christa, for example Quovadis James has a much different opinion.

"I don't think they should give it out to them if you read the Bible your not supposed to commit yourself to this type of thing. I think it is giving children more or less enticing them to get involved in this type of thing," said James.

The Catholic Diocese also has a strong opinion about the morning after pill being made available. A spokeswoman said the Plan B pill is a form of a chemical abortion, and they don't agree with giving it away for free without a doctors care.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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