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Clinique offers free Plan B | Wyoming

CASPER — Wellspring Health Access, Casper’s abortion and health clinic that was scheduled to open this summer, is offering a free Plan B to anyone who requests it. Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive intended to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if a contraceptive method has failed.

It would still be legal under Wyoming’s Abortion Ban Act, which has been temporarily blocked following a lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.

Wellspring Health Access founder Julie Burkhart said the organization has an initial supply of around 250 pills.

Demand spikes for Plan B following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in late June led some major drugstore chains to impose purchase limits on the emergency contraceptive, according to USA Today.

A spokesperson for CVS, one of the pharmacies that initially implemented a purchase limit, said in an email that the company had no updates on Plan B sales trends.

CVS no longer has a purchase limit on emergency contraceptives, according to the spokesperson.

Walgreens did not respond by the Star-Tribune deadline to an investigation into Plan B demand at its Wyoming stores.

Burkhart said Plan B was not something community members were actively asking for. Wellspring Health Access has not received requests for Plan B since posting a notice about the availability of the contraceptive on its Facebook page last week, although the organization’s website has not yet been updated. day to include service.

Burkhart said the website will be updated on Wednesday to include information about emergency contraception and how to request it.

“As far as Plan B goes, that’s something we’re proactive about,” Burkhart said. “We just want to give people that opportunity.”

Wellspring Health Access was originally scheduled to open over the summer. But the opening date was pushed back after someone set fire to the clinic building, which damaged most of the structure’s interior.

Burkhart said the demolition is complete and contractors are now working on repairs. She expects the clinic to open later this year.

Burkhart said the clinic team still plans to provide abortion services since Wyoming’s abortion ban was temporarily blocked by a legal challenge. Wellspring Health Access is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the ban.

“We have doctors who are cleared and ready to go,” Burkhart said. “We’re just trying to figure out exactly how we’re going to navigate this environment now.”

She said Wellspring Health Access has already received about half a dozen calls from community members asking for abortion care.

For now, the team is referring people to other clinics, including Jackson Women’s Health Center and Jackson’s Family Care Clinic.

Giovannina Anthony, one of the doctors at the Jackson clinic, is also a civil party in the abortion lawsuit.

“I think that illustrates the level of confusion and concern that people have,” Burkhart said of inquiries about Casper Clinic abortion services. “People don’t know exactly where they can go for treatment.”

People can receive the free Plan B via email by emailing hello@wellspringaccess.org or by going to the Wellspring Health Access website and providing their name and mailing address.

This story was published on August 24, 2022.