The CVS drug store chain has announced it will halt the sale of tobacco products in its store beginning in October, but the retailer will continue to sell Plan B: One-Step, an abortifacient that is for sale without prescription to anyone regardless of age.
“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company,” CVS announced on its website. “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health.”
If the company is concerned about public health, why would it continue to sell “Plan B: One-Step,” which can prevent the implantation in the uterus of the developing embryo and thus end a human life? CNSNews.com asked. CNSNews.com also asked about some CVS stores selling alcohol, which causes the death of approximately 88,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
CVS spokeswoman Danielle Marcus responded to those questions by e-mail:
“Smoking is the leading cause of illness and death in the United States, with more than 480,000 deaths every year,” Marcus said. “Unlike the other products … which are either okay in moderation or are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for specific uses, no amount of tobacco use is safe.”
When asked specifically about Plan B and its destruction of a developing human embryo, Marcus responded, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Plan B One-Step as a nonprescription product for all women, regardless of age. As such, CVS/pharmacy [is] complying with FDA guidelines to make [the] product available as an over the counter item without any age or point-of-sale restrictions.”
On the packaging label of “Plan B One Step,” it states that “this product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation).” A fertilized egg occurs when an ovum and a sperm combine during fertilization, creating a zygote.
As the Princeton.edu website “Life Begins at Fertilization” explains, the zygote, “formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. Zyg tos, yoked together), represents the beginning of the human being. The common expression ‘fertilized ovum’ refers to the zygote.” ( Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects by Keith L. Moore and T.V.N. Persaud, 4th edition, Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Company, 1993, p. 1.)
Plan B, therefore, can work by preventing the zygote – “the beginning of a human being” – from attaching to the uterus (implantation).
As CNSNews.com reported earlier, in April, Judge Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make the drug available on a non-prescription basis to women “of all ages.”
On June 20, the FDA announced that it had approved the non-prescription sale of Plan B to all women who have “reproductive potential” no matter what their age.
“On June 10, 2013, [FDA] notified a United States District Court judge in New York of its intent to comply with the court’s April 5, 2013 order instructing the FDA to make levonorgestrel-containing emergency contraceptives available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product without age or point-of-sale restrictions,” said the announcement.
The Food and Drug Administration, however, also says it does not have any authority to require retailers to carry specific products, including Plan B. Thus, stores remain free to sell or not sell the abortion-inducing drug.