Emergency contraception (a.k.a. EC, ECP, "Morning After" Pill)
Developments during the year 1999
Developments during 1999:
1999-JUL-29: Plan B: This is an emergency contraception pill developed by the Women's Capital Corporation. It is believed to produce less vomiting and
nausea than Preven. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved
the medication on 1999-JUL-29. Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice
groups were pleased because of the pill's reduced side-effects. Janet
Parshall of the Family Research Council said
"What Planned Parenthood and other emergency contraception
supporters want the American public to believe is that these measures do
not induce an abortion. The truth is that in some cases they block the
implantation of an already fertilized egg, which is nothing short of
ending a pregnancy."
Years later, medical researchers determined that EC operates as a contraceptive. It is an extremely remote possibility or an impossibility for it to interfere with implantation.
1999-NOV-5: Preven: Without minimal publicity, Health
Canada approved Preven for sale in Canada. This is the culmination of a
25 year campaign by pro-choice advocates to have "post-intercourse
contraception widely available and reduce the number of abortions"
The "emergency contraception kit" will be sold with a home
pregnancy test for use before the woman takes the pills. If the woman tests
positive, then she is pregnant and the pills would have no effect. Jim
Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, a pro-choice group, said: "It kills a child already conceived but not yet implanted in
the uterine wall. Doctors we know tell us this is nothing more than a
do-it-yourself abortion kit." Wal-mart in Canada has decided
to not stock the pill in its pharmacies. However it will back-order a
supply in order to fill a prescription. Of course, the time taken to
receive pills on back order exceeds the 72 hours during which the
pills must be taken. Women in Canada who live where the Wal-Mart
pharmacy is the only convenient source of medication, and who wish to
have immediate access to Preven will have to stock up in advance, or
be prepared to drive a long distance.
1999-DEC: France: "Morning-after" pills will be distributed
through school clinics. France has about 10,000 pregnancies among schoolgirls
annually; about 67% end in abortions.
Copyright © 1999 to 2010
by Ontario Consultants on
Originally published on 1999-JAN-13
Latest update: 2010-JUN-21
Author: B.A. Robinson