Skip to comments.New Study Finds Morning After Pill Can Work as an Abortion Drug
Posted on 05/28/2007 10:26:43 PM PDT by monomaniac
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new study published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility finds that the Plan B drug, known as the morning after pill, can work to cause an abortion of a human being after her life has started. Abortion advocates have claimed the drug only prevents conception but the study appears to contradict that claim.
Dr. Rafael T. Mikolajczyk of the School of Public Health at the University of Bielefeld in Germany and Dr. Joseph B. Stanford, who teaches public health at the University of Utah, are the senior authors of the paper.
Combining data from multiple studies, they found that levonorgestrel, the drug contained in "emergency contraception," works to prevent the implantation of the developing human being after fertilization occurs.
As a result of that process, the developing baby cannot implant into the mother's uterus and complete the rest of the growth and development process that leads to birth. Ultimately, the study found that drug works to make the uterus inhospitable to life and the unborn child dies.
The study also found that the Plan B pill was only 8%-49% effective depending on the amount of delay in using it. When used immediately, it was 49 percent effective in preventing conception but that dropped to 8 percent if the user of the drug waits until 72 hours after intercourse.
When the abortifacient mechanism had an effect, the effectiveness ranged from 16% to 90% in preventing birth depending on whether there was any delay or a lag time as much as 72 hours.
The results of the study could have a significant impact on the debate surrounding the drug.
Abortion advocates have long claimed that the Plan B drug would reduce the number of abortions even though studies and actual data following its usage contradict those claims. ( http://www.lifenews.com/nat2590.html )
They were eventually successful in lobbying the FDA to approve over the counter sales of the drug to anyone over the age of 18.
The abstract can be found at:
They had to do a study to find this out??? All you have to do is go to Plan B's website and it will tell you that.
There's a good reason why they both work the same way. Except for the dosage they're the same darn thing.
I find this article somewhat confusing. Technically, the drug prohibits the implantation of a fertilized egg assuming that pregnancy occurs. I don’t seem to see where it says that the drug will abort an already inplanted egg, or did I miss something here?
No, you didn't miss anything. The manufacturer has admitted this effect, but promoters of the drug in Latin America, where most countries have laws against abortion, have argued that the there is no scientific basis for this effect, and that therefore the drug should be legalized. This new study will keep the drug from becoming legal in most Latin American countries.
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