PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Reproductive health care centers in Pennsylvania are already seeing an increase in out-of-state patients seeking abortions after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last week. There is also a growing demand for emergency contraception as some pharmacies have begun placing purchase limits on Plan B pills.
“Shock, a sense of desperation and really overwhelmed,” said Angela Lynch, a customer at Lensky Pharmacy.
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It’s the domino effect at the heart of Roe v. Wade – demand for Plan B has been flying off shelves across the country.
“I wasn’t surprised that there would be a shortage of Plan B because I thought people would kind of panic,” said Jerry Martin, a pharmacist at Linsky Pharmacy.
While there is no shortage yet, pharmacies say they are preparing for the possibility.
On Monday, CVS and Rite Aid limited the purchase of emergency contraception to three pills per customer. On Tuesday, CVS removed the limit.
“They want to take care of as many people as possible,” Martin said. “They don’t want someone to buy 20 of them, or something like that. I might actually put a limit if I try to buy 20. But as far as I come if I need it, I see it, I’ll sell it.”
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Martin is the owner and pharmacist at Linsky’s Pharmacy on South 2nd Street. His store holds a plan B pill.
In the days following the Supreme Court’s decision, some rushed to social media to urge people to stock up on pills.
“It has certainly spread to people who really want to find a different way to support, but organizing in a strategic way would be a better way for us to do that,” Lynch said.
While abortion and contraception are legal in Pennsylvania, some say that could change.
One said, “I’m scared because I feel like people are trying to take advantage of a situation that people are trying to come together about.”
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Martin says he has plenty of emergency contraception left for those who need it.