Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception, also called the "morning-after pill" or the brand-name "Plan B," faces opposition by many Christians for its ability to prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex. But with medical research unclear whether the drug prevents implantation or fertilization of the egg, some religious groups have begun supporting the drug as birth control. A 2013 order by a federal judge has made emergency contraception more easily accessible to younger women in the U.S. For Christian evangelicals, emergency contraception continues to implicate beliefs about abortion, healthcare, and the legal definition of personhood.

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