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Bill lets Missouri pharmacies refuse to sell 'Plan B'

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | 6:30 p.m. CDT; updated 7:01 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has voted to let pharmacies decide whether to stock the "morning-after" emergency contraceptive pill.

The provision was added by a 109-42 vote Tuesday to a broader bill on state licensing. The bill now goes back to the Senate.

The measure would bar legal action against pharmacies that refuse to provide the abortion drug known as RU-486 or the emergency "morning-after" contraception sold as Plan B. Pharmacies would not be obligated to advise people how to get the drugs.

Missouri licensing officials say there are currently no state pharmacy regulations on contraceptives.

Supporters say the measure would give pharmacies the freedom to choose what they sell. Critics say it could result in more women having abortions.

 


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