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"ella:" Contraceptive Method or Abortion Agent?

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Editor's Note: the following article is a "corrected" rendition of one published earlier.  In the previous article, there were some ambiguities that needed to be corrected.


Child-bearing women in the United States may soon have a new contraceptive that will prevent unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sex, UPI reports.
 
The “new” morning after pill, called ella, is manufactured by HRA Pharma of Paris; the company hopes it can get Food and Drug Administration approval soon.
 
The contraceptive is similar to RU-486 in that both can abort the pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.
 
The difference, however, is in how long a woman has before the pill becomes ineffective.  

The general morning after pill (Plan B) works only up 72 hours after sexual intercourse, compared to 120 hours for the new birth control pill ella, which leads some to consider using the drug the equivalent of an abortion.  Ru-486 works for up to 9 weeks after intercourse.
 
The length of time that ella is effective post-coitus makes some feel that it is merely a do-it-yourself abortion technique that is powerful enough to kill a fetus that has been implanted in the uterus.
 
"With (ella) women will be enticed to buy a poorly tested abortion drug, unaware of its medical risks, under the guise that it's a morning-after pill," Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America was quoted by UPI as saying.
 
RU-486 was not without its own controversy; neither was the “Plan B” pill.  In a 2008 survey, only 3% of women interviewed claimed that their doctors discussed “Plan B” with them, possibly reflecting a widespread belief that the drug instigates abortion of the fetus.  
 
Plan B works by either preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg, or by inhibiting the implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus (WebMd) while RU-486 can work as an abortion agent.

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DFF Leonardo on 06/13/2010 03:08:46
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Lets forget the euphemism. “Ru-486 works for up to 9 weeks after intercourse.” After conception, after the baby is formed etc. Let’s say what it is; it is abortion. Either you kill the fetus/baby or you don’t. Doctors may not like the new pill very well; they prefer the procedure/abortion, that is where the cash is.
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Matt on 06/13/2010 03:29:07
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Rachel, how many times are you going to remove mistakes from this article? Also, why did you delete my previous comment? Can't you stand any differing opinions? Please stop trying to confuse the morning after pills with the abortion pill ru-486.
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Mr. S on 06/13/2010 03:57:32
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You are both ridiculous, perhaps if you worried a little more about not judging others as your imaginary God said, and a little less about other peoples private affairs we would all be better off. The world is already overpopulated by over a billion people and with billions to come we need some sort of pregnancy prevention for people who do not want children.
The bottom line is until six weeks the fetus' lungs are two chambered like that of a fish, at three weeks it is just a ball of congregated cells. An abortion is killing a fully formed fetus, not a cellular spot in the uterus.
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Brigitte on 06/13/2010 04:16:06
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No woman should ever be made to feel like she is immoral for using any of the pregnancy prevention pills, independent of whether it is the morning after, 72 hrs, 120 hrs or 9 weeks after. The pills are meant to help, not to accuse.

No woman should use the pills too often, instead of a contraceptive, because they are potent hormonal preparations and not intended to be taken routinely.

If the pills can't be used, there is surgical abortion. It should always remain an option if other means failed. Again, absolutely no woman should ever be made to feel guilty, wrong, immoral or any other negative, because she had or intends to have an abortion. Because no woman should be forced to give birth and bring up a child, which she didn't want. Give women a chance, let them enjoy sex and motherhood, don't punish them with it.
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Anne on 06/13/2010 04:34:51
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It is a seperate human being with seperate DNA whom you are eliminating.
Killing is killing. And all the wounded troubled women who bear the scars of abortion know it. Abortion is not good for anyone. The size of the human being eliminated doesn't matter.
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Janet J on 06/13/2010 04:37:09
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I'm with Mr S: you worship-a-wispy-ghost-man types are plain ignorant. Not to mention pompous, hypocritical, and mentally unbalanced, as well. So heres a news flash for you all: not everybody shares your silly beliefs and you have no right to dictate others' actions because you think you're right. GET OVER YOURSELVES AND LEAVE THE REST OF HUMANITY ALONE ALREADY!

Although I have to say...I think it would be highly amusing to give in and give you people what you want: legislation declaring killing cells immoral and illegal - right before the lot of you arrogant jerks get diagnosed with cancer.

Bet that cell-destroying chemotherapy would start looking pretty damn attractive then, huh...
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chl on 06/13/2010 05:51:09
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I'm so with Mr. S and Janet J...what annoys me about this article is that it leaves the discussion talking about 486 and not Ella. Plus the only quote is from the right-winged Concerned Women of America group touting ella as an abortion pill. C'mon, you guys can do better than this. Pretty biased reporting.
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ema on 06/13/2010 14:48:21
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"The contraceptive is similar to RU-486 in that both can abort the pregnancy after unprotected intercourse."

So, according to you, ellaOne can terminate a pregnancy. How, by waving a magic wand? You're reporting on medicine, not politics or religion. Facts and accuracy matter.

Briefly, RU-486 is a 1st generation progesterone receptor modulator. Depending on dosage and regimen, it has different mechanisms of action. It can act as either a contraceptive (prevents the establishment of a pregnancy) or an abortifacient (terminates a pregnancy).

Ulipristal acetate (ellaOne) "is the first representative of a new therapeutic class, selective progesterone receptor modulators, and is the first molecule to have been specifically designed and developed for use as an oral emergency contraceptive." This drug prevents pregnancy (inhibition/delay of ovulation) and has no effect on an established pregnancy.

"The general morning after pill (Plan B) works only up 72 hours after sexual intercourse, compared to 120 hours for the new birth control pill ella, which leads some to consider using the drug the equivalent of an abortion."

All dedicated levonorgestrel ECP brands (Plan B, Next Choice, Plan B One-Step, i-Pill, and Levonelle One Step) work up to 120 hrs (5 days) after unprotected sexual intercourse.

The mechanism of action of all the aforementioned drugs and ellaOne is pregnancy prevention.

The "some" who consider ellaOne the equivalent of abortion based on the 5-day interval are either uninformed or propagandists.

"Ru-486 works for up to 9 weeks after intercourse."

You do realize that the abortifacient RU-486 regimen has a different mechanism of action than the contraceptive ECP regimens and, as such, is irrelevant to this discussion, yes?

"The length of time that ella is effective post-coitus makes some feel that it is merely a do-it-yourself abortion technique that is powerful enough to kill a fetus that has been implanted in the uterus."

Just because the "length of time that ella is effective post-coitus makes some feel that" unicorns walk among us doesn't mean you should succumb to propagating irresponsible speculation.

ellaOne is not an all powerful magic pill. It's an ordinary drug with a known mechanism of action, one that prevents pregnancy by inhibiting/delaying ovulation.

"RU-486 was not without its own controversy; neither was the “Plan B” pill. In a 2008 survey, only 3% of women interviewed claimed that their doctors discussed “Plan B” with them, possibly reflecting a widespread belief that the drug instigates abortion of the fetus."

You are confusing propaganda with science. In the real world (medicine) RU-486 and Plan B are not controversial. They're safe and effective drugs, used by millions of patients for decades.

"Plan B works by either preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg, or by inhibiting the implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus (WebMd) while RU-486 can work as an abortion agent."

That is incorrect. Plan B works on ovulation. There is no evidence that Plan B works by preventing fertilization or by inhibiting implantation. (Briefly, while some older studies showed an effect of levonorgestrel on the uterine lining but no evidence that the effect interfered with implantation, newer studies designed specifically for this purpose failed to show any such action.)

As to RU-486, as I mentioned before, the mechanism of action depends on dosage and regimen. It can act as a contraceptive (on ovulation) or as an abortifacient (on the uterus).
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Mr. S on 06/13/2010 23:17:59
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This may be the first enlightened Internet discussion I have ever had. Usually I face the You Tube 80 IQ squad. I would first like to thank Janet J. for her wonderful use of a Cancer analogy. CHL for her honesty in the face of bovine excrement, and ema for her scientific acumen. And to the detractors Google the word Science and work on your argument.
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Stefan Schreier on 06/14/2010 04:07:13
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As a scientist I just wanted thank ema for giving us the scientific facts on this drug.
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tag heuer watches on 10/28/2010 09:16:49
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fertilized egg into the uterus (WebMd) while RU-486 can work as an
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watch on 11/01/2010 04:31:20
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aying.

RU-486 was not without its own controversy; neither was the “Plan B” pill. In a 2008 survey, only 3% of women interviewed claimed that their doctors discussed “Plan B” with them, possibly reflecting a widespread belief that the drug instigates abortion of the fetus.

Plan B works by either preventing sperm
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