Ella, ella, hey, hey

In case you missed the news last week, the FDA approved a new form of emergency contraception that prevents pregnancies as many as five days after unprotected sex.

The pill, called ella, is already available in Europe and is said to be more effective than the morning after pill Plan B.

Some anti-abortion advocates are crying foul and say men might slip ella to unsuspecting women.  Those on the opposite side of the issue point to statistics that they say prove emergency contraception has no effect on pregnancy or abortion rates.

According to the New York Times…

“Much of the debate over the drug springs from an argument over how it works, which despite considerable research remains something of a mystery. It blocks the effects of progesterone, a female hormone that spurs ovulation. It is, however, a chemical relative to RU-486, the abortion pill, and there is some evidence that ella makes the womb less hospitable to a fertilized egg by reducing the lining of the uterus.

To the scientists on the advisory committee, whether the pill works by preventing ovulation or implantation was mostly immaterial to the decision about whether it is safe and effective. But to religious groups, the distinction is crucial, since they consider that preventing implantation of a fertilized egg is akin to abortion.”

No matter what you think…remember this:  women who have unprotected sex have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming pregnant.

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