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Should the 'ella' contraceptive pill be legal?

A French drug company is hoping to offer American women something their European counterparts already have:a pill that works long after "the morning after."

The drug, dubbed ella, would be sold as a contraceptive -- one that could prevent pregnancy for as many as five days following unprotected sex. But the new drug is a close chemical relative of the abortion pill RU-486, raising the possibility that it could theoretically be used to induce abortion by making the womb inhospitable for an embryo. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  June 11, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It;s 2010. Why is this question even being debated?

Posted by: igsoper | June 11, 2010 5:39 PM

Hmmm. The choice: A simple pill or an unwanted pregnancy leading to either abortion or an unwanted child. This is like debating whether there should be fluoride in water to help prevent tooth decay. The benefits are so obvious and necessary that, like others have said, this isn't even a matter for debate.

Posted by: nick4 | June 11, 2010 6:11 PM

Hilarious--the same crowd that won't let THEIR child go around the world will let them drive at 16 and wants this pill--which we all know will be for those who don't think ahead.

Why is it being debated? I don't know either as it's certain that parents and young adults in America are impulsive cretins.

Posted by: mil1 | June 11, 2010 6:13 PM

As long as it has met all the FDA standards for safety then it is nobodies business.
Women won the reproductive battle several decades ago, than sat back and did nothing while they have gradually been taken away by powerful men and evangelical who are bent on imposing their social standards & religious values on the nation.
If we don't take a stand soon our reproductive & other rights will revert back to the 1950's standards.
Men & parents have the right to impose their values on their minor children no body else!
When are we going to have enough guts to tell these noisy busy bodies to take a hike?

Posted by: heraldmage | June 11, 2010 6:16 PM

Ella would be wonderful! My old-fashioned and conservative, religious mother was totally opposed to a pill like this until I asked what form of birth control she used back in the day. Her answer: an IUD (before they were taken off the market). When I pointed out Ella would work similarly--preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus--she was left without a valid argument.

Posted by: TammyDee | June 11, 2010 6:42 PM

IGS - My thoughts exactly. Is it safe and effective? Then OF COURSE. Why do we continue to allow religion to have even a small role into our government decision-making?

Posted by: laney619 | June 11, 2010 8:21 PM

Isn't it wonderful how freedom to do whatever we want, has resulted in the highest rates of single mothers. Women, especially gullible young women, shouldn't be fooled into thinking sexual freedom comes without a cost. Women and children are becoming like disposable diapers. Hopefully this drug is super safe. Women need to wake up, maybe the 50s mentality wasn't so bad. At least the fathers married the mothers. Two parent homes are far superior to single moms struggling on their own to raise families. BTW child support can't make up for a two parent loving home.

Posted by: rickshawjim | June 11, 2010 8:37 PM

"Isn't it wonderful how freedom to do whatever we want, has resulted in the highest rates of single mothers. Women, especially gullible young women, shouldn't be fooled into thinking sexual freedom comes without a cost. Women and children are becoming like disposable diapers. Hopefully this drug is super safe. Women need to wake up, maybe the 50s mentality wasn't so bad. At least the fathers married the mothers. Two parent homes are far superior to single moms struggling on their own to raise families. BTW child support can't make up for a two parent loving home."

How stupid are you? The point of this pill is to prevent the creation of single mothers.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | June 11, 2010 10:02 PM

And why was the IUD taken from the market? Because it made women infertile...any statistics on what this chemical mix might do? Oh, right, too soon to know. Wake up people--drug companies love the "unknowledgeable", the gullible and those who feel they are free to do whatever without consequences.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou116 | June 12, 2010 8:14 AM

It;s 2010. Why is this question even being debated?

Posted by: igsoper | June 11, 2010 5:39 PM

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Because there are a significant number of people that want to turn the calendar back to 1914.

Posted by: James10 | June 12, 2010 8:39 AM

Those who don't like others to use these contraceptive medications should be forced to pay for them...just as child-free adults are made to pay for others' kids to go to school. These people who want to control other's sex organs should also be denied all medications until they change their tune.

Posted by: BelmontBayNeighbor | June 12, 2010 10:11 AM

"Women need to wake up, maybe the 50s mentality wasn't so bad. At least the fathers married the mothers. Two parent homes are far superior to single moms struggling on their own to raise families. BTW child support can't make up for a two parent loving home."

Wow, I didn't realize there were any Neanderthals left in the world. Blaming women for men's irresponsibility in not marrying mothers and/or supporting their children is about the most ridiculous argument against birth control I can imagine. Any child of someone like this person WOULD be better off being raised by a single mother.

Posted by: momosity1 | June 12, 2010 12:20 PM

There is no debate. American women are more intelligent than the religious rabble trying to exert control based on biased writings about men, for men and written by men, hundred's of years ago.

Make the drug available immediately.

Posted by: COWENS99 | June 12, 2010 1:18 PM

Its pretty clear that woman that do NOT want to become pregnant are the ones who take take contraceptives. Why is it so hard to understand that limiting access to contraceptives only increases the number of woman seeking abortions.

So how on earth can anyone be idiotic enough to be against both contraceptives and abortion? Thats like being against both abortion and adoption.

I am pro-choice, and I still want abortion to be the option of last resort. Why don't you?

Posted by: reussere | June 14, 2010 4:07 AM

The problem is ignorance, not self-indulgence. In the pious 1950s the US rate of teenage pregnancy was about the same as it is now. In godless hedonistic Europe the teen pregnancy rate is much smaller than in the US.

Posted by: raschumacher | June 14, 2010 7:29 AM

why are Americans killing themselves off to leave America to Latinos and asians...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 14, 2010 7:39 AM

See the overwhelming majority in favor of this drug. Message to holier than though politicians: Keep your grubby hands off of our bodies.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | June 14, 2010 11:04 AM

90% of nearly 1300 people say yes. Obviously, it's not something you can automatically draw conclusions from, but I'd say that opinions are changing. Let the woman choose.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | June 14, 2010 12:15 PM

Yes before PALIN and the right wingers take over!

Posted by: philosopherkingtomas | June 16, 2010 11:56 AM

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