We've got a lot of methods of birth control at our disposal, and on principle, we are big fans of all of them, because dang it, family planning is a good thing. Yes, we are fans of things for boring reasons sometimes. Despite our best laid plans, though, accidents still happen. That's why it's always good to have a backstop, and for many women and couples, that backstop is Plan B. Also known as the morning-after pill, Plan B can prevent an egg from ever being fertilized. We repeat, since there's been some confusion...you know what? Just check out the above video from AsapSCIENCE, who once again just knock it out of the park with snappy answers to our stupid questions. Oh, and also brightly colored pictures. We like pictures.
I'll be honest, it's been a while since I sat in a science class and my brain has refused to retain most of what I learned when I did. Though mostly, I don't care how things like the pill or Plan B work, just that they do work. But in case you're curious (or forgot), here's a great animation from AsapSCIENCE showing you what goes down in your body.
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Whenever amendments, resolutions, and other such proposed laws attempt to strictly include fertilized ova as persons in attempts to make abortion illegal, it is pointed out, and rightfully so, that not only does medically defined pregnancy not begin until that fertilized ova travels down its Fallopian tube and implants in the wall of the uterus, that the majority of birth control methods prevent implantation, rather than fertilization. Meaning, that such personhood amendments would actually outlaw an overwhelmingly large number of birth control options for women. Plan B, and other "morning-after" pills, however, usually get left out of those discussions, since it's generally understood and even written on the box that they flat out prevent the implantation of fertilized ova instead of preventing fertilization.
But as the New York Times recently looked into, scientific studies show that morning after pills don't work that way, and the FDA was straight-up labeling the boxes wrong.