The truth about Ella

        On August 13, 2010, the FDA announced the approval of the distribution of "Ella" as new type of emergency contraception.  Ella is described as "being able to prevent pregnancy for up to five days after sex."  According to Planned Parenthood, Ella's importance is that it gives women 5 days (3 days more than Plan B) to access emergency contraception after having unprotected sex.  This new "emergency contraception" is marketed as way to simply prevent pregnancy.  Felicia Goodman, CEO of Planned Parenthood in Central Texas is quoted as saying that "Emergency Contraception should not be confused with chemical abortion pills" because Plan B and ella both "contain larger doses of the drugs found in typical birth control pill" and simply "prevent pregnancy by delaying or stopping ovulation." The above scenario assumes that the woman has unprotected sex and takes ella before she ovulates, but what if she ovulates before taking ella?  Ella cannot delay or stop ovulation once it has taken place.  So how does Ella work once ovulation or even conception has taken place?  

       The ugly truth is that Goodman's assertion that emergency contraception (ella) should not be confused with chemical abortifacients (abortion pills) is misleading at best, or a bald face lie at worst.  According to the FDA, while ella does work to delay or stop ovulation, it also changes the lining of the uterus, thus preventing a fertilized egg from implanting, and in tern ending the pregnancy.  Those who claim that ella will not end a pregnancy can say so only if they also argue that pregnancy does not begin until implantation, which occurs at the beginning of the second week of pregnancy as defined by books such as Your pregnancy: Week by Week and What to expect when your expecting.   Under this assumption, human pregnancies last only 39 weeks, not 40.     

     The abortifacient nature of Ella (also called Ulipristal) is not the only fact that the public is not being told about.  According to Wendy Wright--the president of Concerned Women for America, who testified before the FDA advisory committee against Ella--"animal studies showed nearly all pregnancies ended in stillbirths." She went on to say that upon reading the data, one committee member said, "You're going to have a problem with those miscarriages."  The FDA panel voted against putting this negative information on the drug label because they felt it would "bias people against the drug" and argued against studying what effects--like birth defects-- the drug may have on surviving babies.  

    Planned Parenthood who, although they "support a woman's right to choose" refuse to tell women the truth so they can make informed decisions; the FDA cares more about  making sure women can avoid having babies, then making sure that women and babies are safe; and the american left are so busy fighting against the pro-lifers that they have turned a blind eye to the truth. 


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