New Drug Ellaone Billed as Better Morning After Pill, But It Causes Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
January 29, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates are pushing a new drug that they say is an expanded morning after pill, or emergency contraception. However, pro-life doctors and advocates say Ellaone, also known as Ulipristal, works as an abortion drug and not an agent that prevents conception.
The morning after pill, or Plan B drug, has been around for years and can either prevent fertilization from occurring or can sometimes act as an abortifacient by killing the unique human being fertilization develops.
Ellaone is different — instead of working hours or just a couple of days after sexual relations take place as the morning after pill does, it can be used up to five days afterwards.
The drug is becoming popular in Europe and abortion advocates there are pushing it as a better version of the morning after pill.
Ann Furedi, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion business in the UK, tells the London Daily Mail, "This new type of emergency contraceptive pill is exciting news."
But Josephine Quintavalle, of the Pro-Life Alliance, says Ellaone is not an emergency contraception because it causes an abortion rather than preventing pregnancy.
"If you take a morning-after pill within 24 hours, there is always the argument that the sperm may not have fertilized the egg by then, meaning pregnancy has not yet happened," she told the newspaper. "But if this pill works for five days there is no argument. This is not a contraceptive, it is an abortive agent."
Dr. Donna Harrison, the president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists agrees with the assessment of Ellaone (Ulipristal) as an abortion drug.
"I think it’s important that the pro-life community recognize exactly what Ulipristal is, and how it works, so they are not fooled," she told LifeNews.com today.
Harrison says she is concerned that the drug will be able to be sold over the counter in the same way the Plan B morning after pill is sold without a doctor’s prescription or consultation.
In England, the Ellaone drug is sold via prescription and costs almost three times as much as the morning after pill.
Abortion advocates, in preparing for a big push to promote Ulipristal to the general public, are touting new research papers showing it to be "more effective" in preventing pregnancy or, in this case, killing unborn children.
Anna Glasier, of NHS Lothian in Edinburgh, led a study of more than 5,500 women in the UK published online in The Lancet medical journal. It found fewer pregnancies among those women given the Ellaone drug within five days of intercourse. And for women who took the drug between 3-5 days after having sex, only women taking the traditional morning after pill became pregnant.
Glasier told the Daily Mail that she doesn’t think the Ellaone drug will become as popular because women like the convenience of getting the morning after pill at a pharmacy without the prescription Ellaone requires.
But if that changes in England or becomes available without a prescription in the United States or other countries, Harrison’s fears will be confirmed.
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