New 'Morning After' Pill May Come to US
Offers longer protection; sure to stir up abortion debate
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2010 12:11 PM CDT
This undated image provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals shows the packaging for the "Plan B" pill.   (AP Photo/Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.)

(Newser) – Prepare for another big debate over a "morning after" pill. An FDA panel next week will begin vetting a French pill called "ella" that its manufacturer wants to sell in the US, reports the Washington Post. Ella already is sold in 22 countries as an emergency contraceptive that can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. That's longer than the Plan B pill now on the market in US, which promises protection for up to 3 days afterward.

Ella, however, is similar in its chemical makeup to the so-called abortion pill RU486, which is used to terminate established pregnancies, notes the Post. Abortion foes fear that ella will be used mostly as an abortion pill, not as an emergency contraceptive. "The difference between preventing life and destroying life is hugely significant to many women," said the director of the Family Research Council's Center for Human Dignity. "Women deserve to know that difference."

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Jun 13, 2010 5:09 PM CDT
I'm under the impression that this pill prevents any kind of conceiving from occurring? Is that the case? Or does sperm in fact meet egg here?
Jun 13, 2010 1:44 PM CDT
Give upo the "sactred" montra..if they're so sacred why do so many die naturally..why do many twins have one consume the other in the womb..etc..don't place your religious views on oir scientific can give "sacred" meaning to cells if you wish..just don't demand that others do the same
Jun 13, 2010 1:10 AM CDT
Every blastocyst is sacred.