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Emergency contraception (a.k.a. EC, ECP, "Morning After" Pill)

Developments during the year 1999

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Developments during 1999:

bullet 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.

bullet 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.

bullet 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.

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Copyright © 1999 to 2010 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published on 1999-JAN-13
Latest update: 2010-JUN-21
Author: B.A. Robinson
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