Does Plan B pill kill a baby in the womb? Truth behind Marjorie Taylor Greene's abortion claims

'You are so f***ing stupid,' gynecologist Dr Jennifer Gunter attacked Marjorie Taylor Greene for her claims about Plan B pills causing abortion


                            Does Plan B pill kill a baby in the womb? Truth behind Marjorie Taylor Greene's abortion claims
US Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) earned criticism for her unfounded claims about contraception pills (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Embattled GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has found herself in the middle of a controversy once again for her remarks on contraception and abortion. The pro-life politician, who is known to be on a mission to end abortion in the US, was speaking at a session of the House, where a bill was passed to provide free contraceptive healthcare access to veterans. The bill was passed on Thursday, June 24, along with another bill to promote credit fairness for businesses owned by people of the LGBTQ community.

Greene joined a league of Republicans who majorly opposed the bill as she stated, "Contraception stops a woman from becoming pregnant. The Plan B pill kills a baby in the womb once a woman is already pregnant." She further argued that the 'Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act' is not contraception, rather it was "providing with taxpayer dollars the ability for women to have an abortion." Greene's statement was contradicted on the floor itself by Republican Rep Mike Bost. She later earned a lot of criticism online as netizens dubbed her logic unscientific and factually incorrect. 

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'You are so f***ing stupid'

Greene was lambasted by social media users and health experts who reminded people that the Plan B or morning-after pill does not amount to abortion at any length. The levonorgestrel pill is a hormonal contraceptive medication taken as an emergency birth control measure, within 72 hours of unprotected sex. According to WebMD, levonorgestrel prevents pregnancy by stopping or delaying ovulation. "Levonorgestrel is not the same as RU-486, which is an abortion pill. It does not cause a miscarriage or abortion. It will not work if you are already pregnant when you take it," the medical website specifically states. 

Meanwhile, Greene was brutally criticized for her unfounded claims. "You are so fucking stupid. Plan B inhibits ovulation. It is contraception," tweeted OB-GYN Dr Jennifer Gunter. Director and podcast host Bob Cesca wrote, "WHOPPER LIE! Plan B is not an abortifacient. In other words, it doesn't induce abortion. It prevents fertilization. It *will not work* if you're already pregnant. That's why guaranteed coverage for it was included in the ACA, avoiding the Hyde Amendment. My god, these ghouls."

Scientist Trish Zornio tweeted, "It infuriates me when male legislators don’t understand a woman’s body. It’s downright shameful when a woman doesn’t. Plan B — aka the morning after pill — does NOT kill a fetus. It prevents fertilization by delaying egg release. #FactsMatter #ExpelTheSeditionists."



 



 



 

Greene did not amend or withdraw her claims even after facing severe backlash from all quarters.

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