morning-after pill

morn·​ing-after pill | \ˌmȯr-niŋ-ˈaf-tər- \

Definition of morning-after pill 

: an oral drug usually containing high doses of estrogen taken up to usually three days after unprotected sexual intercourse that interferes with pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation or by blocking implantation of a fertilized egg in the human uterus

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Refusing morning-after pill Pharmacists or other health professionals who object to emergency contraception can refuse to fill a patient's prescription for that type of birth control. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "10 Arizona laws that actually exist: Private armies, food-wasting ban, windshield repairs," 27 June 2018 The company also offers emergency contraception, such as the morning-after pill. Julie Washington,, "Birth control delivered via Nurx app now available in Ohio," 19 Feb. 2018 Maryland’s law requires insurers to offer up to six months of pills at a time with no copay and also provide most other forms of birth control without cost, including over-the-counter Plan B emergency contraception known as the morning-after pill. Meredith Cohn,, "State employees left out of expanded contraception access under new Maryland law," 16 Feb. 2018 One of her signature achievements at the center resulted in the Food and Drug Administration’s approval in 1996 of the use of the morning-after pill as an emergency contraceptive to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Janet Benshoof, Women’s Champion on a Global Scale, Dies at 70," 21 Dec. 2017 Some religious groups objected to the rule because of their opposition to certain forms of birth control, particularly intrauterine devices and the morning-after pill. Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post, "Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump contraception rule," 15 Dec. 2017 But levonorgestrel isn't the only morning-after pill. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What the Heck Are High-BMI Women Supposed to Do About Emergency Contraception?," 1 Nov. 2017 Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, a Pennsylvania cabinet-making company, sued the government and won, saying that forced coverage of emergency contraception like the morning-after pill and the IUD goes against their religious principles. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "How Trump's new rule on birth control coverage could impact 1.9M Michigan women," 7 Oct. 2017 Women working for those companies would be able to get morning-after pills and IUDs from other sources, such as the government or private insurers. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Trump gives Notre Dame permission to exclude birth control, but legal challenges continue," 6 Oct. 2017

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English Language Learners Definition of morning-after pill

: a pill that a woman takes after having sex so that she will not become pregnant

morning-after pill

morn·​ing-af·​ter pill | \ˌmȯr-niŋ-ˈaf-tər- \

Medical Definition of morning-after pill 

: an oral drug typically containing high doses of estrogen taken up to usually three days after unprotected sexual intercourse that interferes with pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation or by blocking implantation of a fertilized egg in the human uterus

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