February 15, 2001
volume 12, no. 46

Tests to Begin for Over-the-Counter Sales of Morning-After Pill

    WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 14, 01 ( - The maker of the abortifacient morning-after pill began clinical trials this week to convince the Food and Drug Administration to allow it to sell the drug without a doctor's prescription.

    Women's Capitol Corp. will test 450 women allowed to get the drug Plan B without a prescription from specially designated Washington state pharmacies, to see if they use the pills properly and how many get pregnant, said company president Sharon Camp.

    Proponents of the pill claim that it does not cause an abortion if a woman is already pregnant, but critics say supporters have merely changed the definition of pregnancy. If the embryonic unborn child has not implanted in his mother's uterus, he will be aborted by the drug. It will also act as a contraceptive if the egg has not been fertilized by the sperm. The drug can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse.

    "The morning-after pill is capable of killing a person during the first seven days his life," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, pointing to scientific information that confirms that the life of every human person begins at conception/fertilization.

    "Abortion proponents persist in the lie that 'established pregnancy' means implantation," said Brown, "when in fact they all know that during the first seven days of the embryonic person's life, he or she is very much a person, very much alive, and can be killed by these pills. Their misinformation has spilled over to the FDA, which has become one of the principle standard-bearers of the Big Abortion industry."

    Two brands of morning-after pills, Preven and Plan B, have sold in the United States by prescription since 1998; special high doses of regular birth control pills will abort a child as well.

February 15, 2001
volume 12, no. 46
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