WASHINGTON — A video released this week by a pro-life student organization shows that many drug stores across the country are willing to sell Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, to a statutory rapist.
The Washington, D.C.-based organization Students for Life of America (SFLA) conducted the investigation this past August and September, going undercover into Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreen stores nationwide and recording the interactions with pharmacists and store employees.
Rock for Life Executive Director Erik posed as a 33-year-old man that was buying the pill for his 15-year-old girlfriend, played by Ashton, a volunteer with Students for Life. In one of the scenes, the man asks a store employee at Rite Aid in Fort Mill, South Carolina how he can slip the pill into the girl’s drink because she doesn’t want to take it.
“Is there a way to make sure that she takes it?” he asks the cashier, who soon begins laughing.
“I can’t guarantee that. Once this moves out of the store…” the employee says, but adds moments later, “A pil crusher—just put it in her orange juice tomorrow.”
“Why didn’t I think of that?” the man replies.
The girl, visibly angry, who had vocally protested the sale while walking up to the counter, then declares to the cashier, “Thanks, I know who’s on my side now!”
In another scene, the two speak with a pharmacist at Walgreens in Steubenville, Ohio.
“I don’t want her parents to know,” the man explains. “So, you don’t card or anything like that?”
“Not anymore,” the pharmacist replies. “Okay, good,” the man states. “She doesn’t take birth control. Her parents won’t let her. She’s 15; I’m 33.”
The two then proceed with the order.
Another segment shows the man at Walgreens in Staten Island, NewYork, where he again expresses worry about being found out.
“My girlfriend—she’s 15. I’m older, 33. I don’t want her parents to know about this,” he states. “I’m not going to get carded or anything, right?”
“No,” the pharmacist replies. “I don’t want people to know,” the man continues. “So, if I come back in a couple of months and get a couple more…”
“Nobody’s going to know,” the pharmacist consoles and completes the transaction.
“While supporters of Plan B are adamant about the drug’s access to anyone, statutory rapists can use this powerful drug to easily get away with their crimes by casually purchasing it for their underage victims with no one none the wiser, including the parents,” lamented Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, in a news release announcing the video. “This is illegal and could be prevented with common sense restrictions on the sale of the Plan B.”
The organization has launched a campaign to restrict the sale of the drug, and conducted the investigation to decipher if indeed anyone, including rapists, could buy it.
“Patterns of abuse could easily emerge with the sale of Plan B being so accessible to men who want to cover up their crimes with underage girls,” Hawkins said. “This is about protecting women and young girls, something the pro-abortion lobby has no intention of doing since they are so set on anyone getting access to a drug that puts young women in harm’s way.”