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Catholic Bishops: Birth Control Is 'Ubiquitous And Inexpensive'

Catholic Bishops: Birth Control Is 'Ubiquitous And Inexpensive'

Commented Mar 17, 2012 at 23:27:01 in Politics

“Your article says: “The bishops' statement is somewhat misleading. The new federal rule does not cover any drug that causes an abortion." But one drug approved by the FDA as an emergency contraceptive (thus included in the new mandate) is “Ella” (ulipristal acetate or HRP 2000), a close analogue to the abortion drug RU-486 (mifepristone). It can prevent implantation of a new embryo, and disrupt an already implanted pregnancy by blocking progesterone. See: A. Tarantal, et al., 54 Contraception 107-115 (1996), at 114 (“studies with mifepristone and HRP 2000 have shown both antiprogestins to have roughly comparable activity in terminating pregnancy when administered during the early stages of gestation”); G. Bernagiano & H. von Hertzen, 375 The Lancet 527-28 (Feb. 13, 2010), at 527 (“Ulipristal has similar biological effects to mifepristone, the antiprogestin used in medical abortion”); European Medicines Agency, Evaluation of Medicines for Human Use: CHMP Assessment for Ellaone (2009), at 8 (“Ulipristal acetate prevents progesterone from occupying its receptor, thus the gene transcription normally turned on by progesterone is blocked, and the proteins necessary to begin and maintain pregnancy are not synthesized”) and 16 (in animal tests “ulipristal acetate is embryotoxic at low doses”), available at . If the FDA approves RU-486 in the future as an “emergency contraceptive,” as the World Health Organization has, that drug too will automatically be included in the mandate.”