UPDATE Thursday 3/5 at 6 p.m.: KUNM Host Chris Boros and I just discussed the two abortion bills making their way to the House floor soon, including HB 391, which requires doctors to alert parents at least 48 hours before a minor gets an abortion, andHB 390, the late-term abortion ban.
The state House of Representatives will likely vote on a bill Friday that would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks. But the measure would also allow pharmacists to choose not to distribute medications that end pregnancy.
“So if you’re a pharmacist at Walgreens, and you don’t want to be the one dispensing the morning-after pill, then you wouldn’t have to do that if you have a moral or personal reason why you cannot,” she said. “But you would not be in jeopardy of losing your job.”
The same would be true for pregnancy-ending medications, like RU-486, the abortion pill that’s available by prescription to women in the first nine weeks of pregnancy.
Reproductive rights advocates argue the measure could prevent women from getting legal, time-sensitive medication when they need it—like the morning-after pill, which works best within 72 hours—especially in rural areas with few pharmacies.
CORRECTION: The morning-after pill is contraception, according to the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The error—an unintended insinuation—was made in reporting.