New Morning-After Pill With Longer Timeline Arrives on Pharmacy Shelves, Anti-Choicer's Hit Lists
In a major victory for women's health, pharmaciesare now stocking "ella" an emergency contraceptive that goes beyond being a morning-after pill; it can be effective in preventing pregnancies for five days after unprotected sex or some sort of contraceptive malfunction .
The pill has limited side effects and is being used successfully by many other countries. But that hasn't stopped anti-choicers from calling it an "abortion drug" and newspapers from duly responding by worrying about the drug's "controversial" nature.
But as Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check writes:
No controversial scientific findings, no evidence of high risks of side effects, already available and in use in other countries. It's a method that effectively addresses a public health problem (unintended and untenable pregnancies), enables women to exercise their right to decide whether, when, and with whom to have children, and reduces the need for abortion. Controversial? Not really.