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CVS and Rite Aid limit purchases of ‘morning after’ pills to three at a time

Pharmacy giants CVS and Rite Aid have limited sales of morning after pills to three per woman as demand increases after the Roe v Wade decision — and Walgreens has sold out the drugs it can offer for delivery.

CVS – America’s largest pharmacy chain – claimed it still had enough of the pills in stock that could prevent pregnancy, but wanted to guarantee “equitable access.”

The new guidelines affect Plan B pills, which retail for $49.99 each, and the Aftera brand, retailing for $39.99.

Rite Aid, which has more than 2,500 pharmacies in the northern states, said “increased demand” forced sales of Plan B and Option 2, sold for $32.99, to be curtailed.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade — which protected abortion in the constitution — has sparked panic across the country, with many women now rushing to stock up on pills.

A judge has suggested they could also re-examine the contraceptive rulings, although there is currently no suggestion that a state will block the sale of morning after pills.

The screenshot above from the CVS website shows that they are now limiting orders for the morning after pill Aftera to three per person.  They are also limited for Plan B sales

The screenshot above from the CVS website shows that they are now limiting orders for the morning after pill Aftera to three per person. They are also limited for Plan B sales

Rite Aid has followed suit and is also limiting sales of Plan B medication to three per person

Rite Aid has followed suit and is also limiting sales of Plan B medication to three per person

It has done this with both the Plan B and Option 2 brands (pictured)

It has done this with both the Plan B and Option 2 brands (pictured)

Walgreens has not sold morning after pills for delivery.  It says there are still plenty in stock and it is working to refill its warehouses as soon as possible

Walgreens has not sold morning after pills for delivery. It says there are still plenty in stock and it is working to refill its warehouses as soon as possible

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Morning after pills are a type of emergency contraception reserved for after unprotected sex or as a last resort when other devices, such as condoms, have failed.

They are available without a prescription requiring one pill to be taken within 72 hours of intercourse to stop a pregnancy.

It works by preventing ovulation or changing the lining of the uterus to prevent an egg from being implanted.

The pills are about 87 percent effective, according to manufacturer data.

Biden faces calls to set up abortion clinics in federal countries

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both call on Democrats to take extreme steps to protect abortion rights after the Roe vs. Wade, but Vice President Kamala Harris said the Biden administration is not considering such action at this time.

Both Warren and Ocasio-Cortez, Democrats from Massachusetts and New York, respectively, lobbied for the government to establish what they called “emergency abortion clinics” on federal land.

Speaking on ABC’s This Week, Warren said Biden should “make abortion as available as possible with the tools he has, including drug abortion, including using federal land as a place for abortions to take place.”

Ocasio-Cortez reiterated these requests at a rally in New York City’s Union Square, calling federal abortion clinics “the tiniest baby steps.”

However, when asked about the possibility of doing so, Vice President Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash it was unlikely.

They are different from abortion pills — such as Mifeprex — which require a prescription and require two different pills to be taken ten weeks apart.

Many women may only buy one pack of morning after pills at a time, and those who buy more will want to stock up.

CVS set the limit on Saturday and Rite Aid followed suit on Monday.

Rite Aid also has Plan B pills available for $47.49 each and Option 2 pills for $32.99 each.

Walgreens said it was still able to meet “in-store demand” and “worked” to restock its online inventory. The pharmacy did not say when the home delivery pills were sold out.

Other pharmacies — including Walmart — have yet to restrict the sale of morning after pills.

It comes as women rush into abortion pills and birth control for fear that entry could be banned.

Last week, Clarence Thomas, the court’s longest-serving judge, warned that they could “reconsider” rulings on access to contraception, suggesting the right to the morning after pill could also be under threat.

This has sparked panic in many circles, with women now rushing to replenish their supplies.

In the days since Roe v Wade was quashed, some clinics say their appointments have quadrupled since the Roe v Wade ruling.

Abortion organization Planned Parenthood Southeast, in Atlanta, Georgia, also says they have faced a wave of women wanting to know how many pills are available.

But amid the rush, many are being urged not to completely remove abortion pills “off the shelf” to ensure they remain available to women who need them now.

Abortion pills are expected to become the focus of many legal battles in the states to ban abortion.

So far, 13 states have already enacted new laws, with Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Missouri outlawing them completely, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

In a statement on its website, Just The Pill said it is “undaunted by the Supreme Court decision and will continue to provide care to those who need it most.” We are here for you.

“You can still get care from us in Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Let us know if you need help with travel arrangements and costs.’

Medicated abortion is still approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

It requires a woman to take two medications 24 to 48 hours apart to cause contractions similar to a miscarriage in which the fetus is expelled, causing heavy bleeding.

Medication is less expensive and invasive, and the pills can be shipped to your home, meaning it’s a common choice for women who choose to have an abortion.

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