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Free Emergency Contraception Available


Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri is offering free emergency contraception at its health centers in Springfield and Joplin today (Wednesday December 6) from 9 to 4PM. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports on today's event and the controversy over this medication.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri is offering free emergency contraception at its health centers in Springfield and Joplin today (Wednesday) from 9 to 4PM.

Kellie Rohrbaugh (roar-bahk) is director of public affairs for Southwest Missouri Planned Parenthood.

She says the idea is to get the medication to women because the sooner they take it after unprotected sex, the more likely it is to prevent an unintended pregnancy.

Some anti-abortion groups say emergency contraception actually causes an early abortion.

Susan Klein is the legislative liaison for Missouri Right to Life.

Planned Parenthood contends emergency contraception is not equivalent to having an abortion.

Kellie Rohrbaugh with Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri says medical experts agree that emergency contraception is not an abortion pill.

Opponents of emergency contraception say just because the Food and Drug Administration or FDA has approved its use doesn't mean it's morally appropriate to take the pill.

Again, Susan Klein with Missouri Right to Life.

Klein and Missouri Right to Life have pushed legislation that would allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception.

Planned Parenthood has opposed those efforts.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri is participating in a national program called Free E-C Day in handing out packages of free emergency contraception at its health centers in Springfield and Joplin today from 9 to 4PM.