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Fri., Aug. 10, 2012

Might be abortion drug

I would like to counter claims recently made about Ella. It was stated that Ella is not an abortion drug. The truth is, Ella is a chemical cousin of the abortion pill Mifeprex. Ella and Mifeprex both work by blocking the action of progesterone.

Progesterone is needed for the embryo to attach to the uterus. Without being able to attach to the uterus, the embryo dies. Even the makers of Ella claim that Ella may work this way. When sperm and egg fuse the sex of the baby, eye and hair color are determined. In fact nothing further is added to the embryo except nutrients and time.

From the mid-1800s to 1960, conception was defined as fusion of sperm and egg. Since 1960, the definition has been changed to mean conception takes place at implantation. This accounts as to why the makers of Ella can deny that this drug may cause abortions. Ella can delay ovulation if the drug is taken approximately one to three days prior to ovulation. The problem lies in most women do not know when they ovulate. To categorize this drug as emergency contraception is just not truth.

Kiki Mularski

Coeur d’Alene



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