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Honduras President Xiomara Castro has ended a 13-year ban on an emergency contraception, signing the executive order for International Women’s Day on March 8.

Castro tweeted that March 8 “commemorates women’s historic struggle,” adding that she signed the executive order for the universal use of the morning-after pill.

According to BBC News, the Honduran president noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) determined it is part of women’s reproductive rights and not abortive.

The health ministry of Honduras approved the use of the pill exclusively for rape victims after a campaign from feminist groups.

Honduran Health Secretary Jose Manuel Matheu said they were not promoting the morning-after pill as contraception, adding that doing so would lead to “sexual debauchery.”

Reproductive rights activist Sandy Artega dubbed Castro’s move as a welcomed change but noted that more work should be done on the matter.

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