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Survey finds many N.C. pharmacies don't sell emergency contraception

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Plan B isn't easy to find in North Carolina.

The emergency contraceptive widely known as the "morning-after pill" has been available over the counter since August.

But a survey conducted by an abortion rights group says it isn't carried in about 40 percent of North Carolina pharmacies.

The survey conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina also found that roughly a third of those pharmacies don't stock the pill sold as "Plan B" because they refuse to order it.

The group attributed the pill's unavailability to confusion and moral opposition among pharmacists.

The group says that's a cause for concern because Plan B can help prevent unintended pregnancies for women who have been sexually assaulted.

Critics argue Plan B encourages promiscuity and unprotected sex, and some pharmacists have refused to sell Plan B on moral and religious grounds.

They say the pill can cause early abortions because it sometimes prevents the implantation of a fertilized egg to the uterus.

On the Net: NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina: http://www.prochoicenorthcarolina.org

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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