‘Protection’

Women stocking up on Plan B in preparation for the possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned

Plan B contraceptive (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Following the announcement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, women are reportedly stocking up on Plan B pills in anticipation of a possible overturning of Roe V. Wade that could allow states to ban abortion and emergency contraceptives. Speaking with TIME magazine, Chicago area librarian and writer Emily Hauser, 53, said that she had bought $70 dollars worth of Plan B within hours of hearing about Kennedy’s retirement. She and other women, she says, are stockpiling the drugs so that even if abortion were to be made illegal they can ensure that their daughters retain some measure of choice.

“I want to make sure I can provide some level of protection. If either [kid] comes to me and says, ‘Oh, God, we made a mistake,’ I’ll say, ‘Here you go,’” she explained. “I can’t do much, but I can do this.”

President Trump’s pledge to put “pro-life justices on the court” in the hopes that Roe v. Wade will someday be overturned, as well as Vice President Mike Pence’s recent affirmation of his intention to see legal abortion ended in the country, has emboldened conservative state politicians who have passed increasingly harsh laws targeting abortion and the doctors who provide the service in an attempt to force the Supreme Court to revisit the Roe v. Wade ruling.

Whether Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court position, Brett Kavanaugh, or the four conservative justices currently sitting on the court would actually rule to overturn Roe v. Wade is unknown. But Kavanaugh’s Catholic faith — and his previous arguments that the government was justified in preventing an undocumented teen immigrant from obtaining an abortion on the basis that women are not entitled to “an immediate abortion on demand” — has made the possibility, at least, an undeniable reality.

Read the full story at TIME.

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