Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he is not opposed to Plan B, the emergency contraception commonly known as the morning-after pill.
Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, sponsored an anti-abortion bill in 2013 that defines life as beginning at fertilization. Democrats say the so-called "Personhood" measure would outlaw Plan B and other emergency contraceptives.
Paul was asked about the matter during an appearance at the College of Charleston, one stop on a day-long college tour of South Carolina.
"If life starts at conception, should medicine that prevents conception like Plan B be legal?," a woman asked him during a question-and-answer session here.
Paul at first gave a terse answer: "I am not opposed to birth control," he said.
After a pause, Paul elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is," he said. "Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that."
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