Soon a public hearing will be held by the FDA’s Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health to begin the approval process of a new abortion pill. The abortion pill is called Ulipristal acetate and will be marketed by brand names such as ella® or ellaOne®.
ellaOne can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex, comparing to emergency contraception, which can be taken up to 3 days after unprotected sex.
Although ellaOne has already been marketed in the UK since September last year, and was advertized as an emergency contraceptive, ellaOne does not chemically work the same in a woman’s body as an EC, so it should not be advertized as emergency contraception.
Perhaps some of you already heard of mifepristone, or RU486 or the abortion pill. This pill can be taken up to 49 days after the first day of a woman’s last period, and both the RU486, just as ellaOne work in the same manner: they both are progesterone blockers, while if comparing to emergency contraception, emergency contraception is a progesterone. A fact sheet that is represented by the FDA that pushes the approval of ellaOne says the ellaOne is a “selective progesterone modulators”.
If I compare ellaOne and RU486, I am more ellaOne-pro, if I have to be pro-anything…
Here are the reasons. ellaOne works by blocking the progesterone from reaching the cushiony lining of a mother’s uterus, the endometrium. Since ellaOne can be takn up to 5 days after unprotected sex, this also means the ellaOne pill will cause the endometrium to degrade and several days-old embryo to die. But the RU486 is taken later in pregnancy, more precisely it can be taken up to 49 days after the first day of a woman’s last period. And since the RU486 blocks progesterone from reaching a mother’s placenta, thereby causing it to degrade, and that way several weeks-old embryo to die.
Abortion is an abortion, if you ask me … I am not pro any abortion, but some are perhaps, or at least seem more human than the others… An option to have an abortion or to take an abortion pill is not the excuse for not using condoms or acting foolishly … this is I think my primary concern regarding an option of having (over-the-counter) abortions ‘legalized’.