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The correct information for Planned Parenthood in Boise is as follows:
Planned Parenthood Health Center
3668 N Harbor Lane (south side of State Street between Collister and Bloom)
Boise, Idaho 83703
The medication in question was NOT an abortifacient drug. It was a common medication used to stop uterine bleeding after miscarriage, abortion or childbirth. Without medication, hospitalization would have been necessary. Because the NP was from Planned Parenthood, the pharmacist made an assumption that was very dangerous for the patient and a complete overreach of the new "conscience" law. This is exactly why refusal laws are so scary. Boooo to Walgreens and all pharmacists who put their own values over their duty to a patient.
While it is encouraging to see Senate Bill 1353 highlighted as it pertains to health care access for Idahoans, there is a major error in the article which must be corrected. Planned Parenthood VP Rebecca Poedy was misquoted as claiming the new law will affect access to RU-486. This is not true.
The new law allows pharmacists to refuse to dispense medication on the grounds of moral conscience, including EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (otherwise known as The-Morning-After-Pill or Plan B). This is NOT the same medication as RU-486. Emergency contraception, if taken within 72-hours of unprotected intercourse, works by preventing a pregnancy from ever occurring. It is available over-the-counter for patients 17 years of age and older, and by prescription for those under 17.
RU-486 is a medication abortion, designed to terminate an existing pregnancy. It must be dispensed directly from a physician to a patient and requires ongoing follow-up care. At no point is a pharmacist involved in the dispensation of RU-486. This is a very important distinction to make as pharmacy-dispensed Plan-B cannot (and does not) terminate an existing pregnancy. It is, as the name implies, a contraceptive. It is our hope that Boise Weekly will make every effort to correct this misrepresentation.
Public Affairs Field Organizer
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
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