Texas Governor Announced That Rape Victims Can Obtain the Morning-After Pill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said this week that rape victims in his state could take Plan B, a morning-after pill that prevents pregnancy.

By getting the Plan B pill right away, they can prevent a pregnancy from occurring.

Texas passed an abortion-trigger law in 2021, which went into effect last month. It offers a new criminal penalty for abortion and an exemption only for health emergencies.

Under Texas law, abortion is prohibited when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which campaigns for improved access to abortion, says that none of the developed countries where abortion is legal has set a gestation limit as early as six weeks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B in 1999.

If there has been fertilization, Plan B may prevent a fertilized egg from embedding in the uterus.

Emergency contraceptives are intended for use within 72 hours after sex, but they work best if taken within 24 hours.