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New morning-after pill has five-day limit


Women desperate to avoid a pregnancy now have the chance to do so up to five days after sex, and with a higher prevention rate. A pill called Ellaone is reportedly able to do what morning-after pills have been doing since their invention, but better.

The Daily Mail reports that if taken in the regular period of 72 hours after sex, it can prevent up to two thirds of pregnancies; the regular pill can only prevent 60 percent. If taken five days later, the prevention lies at 50 percent, which would prevent more unwanted pregnancies through medication than ever before.

Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said the new type of pill is “exciting news”, because “it offers a longer time window for use than the traditional, emergency contraception pill,” the BBC reports her as saying.

Anti-abortion advocates, however, see the matter differently. “If you take a morning-after pill within 24 hours, there is always the argument that the sperm may not have fertilized the egg by then, meaning pregnancy has not yet happened,” Josephine Quintavalle of the Pro-Life Alliance told the Daily Mail. “But if this pill works for five days there is no argument. This is not a contraceptive, it is an abortive agent.”

While some may enlist medical help to avoid a pregnancy, others will do so to become pregnant. Celebrities who have used in-vitro fertilization and artificial insemination include Halle Berry, Melissa Etheridge and Clay Aiken.


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