Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved the controversial drug "ella" as "emergency contraception" to be used up to five days after sex to "prevent pregnancy" (see the First Things blog First Thoughts). In another example of Orwellian redefinition, pro-abortion factions would have the public believe that "contraception" can occur after fertilization, when the word itself means to prevent fertilization. In fact, the FDA did not disclose that ella acts as an abortifacient, resulting in the destruction of the smallest of human life. Those marketing ella have tried to closely associate it with Plan B (also known as the "Morning After Pill") in an effort to quell some of the controversy and break into the EC market, as opposed to the abortion market. While ethically there is no difference between EC and abortion as both cause the destruction of life, legally and legislatively, there is a difference.
Classification as an abortifacient creates significant hurdles for the producers, marketers and distributors of ella. If labeled an abortifacient, it most likely loses eligibility for federal tax subsidies and of ever becoming an over-the-counter drug (as is Plan B). It's also possible that if President Obama's federal health care takeover stands in court, ella, as EC, may be covered by health insurance plans. Additionally, future distributors of ella (such as predictably supportive Planned Parenthood) have a financial incentive to refer to ella as EC, not an abortion pill, since "contraception" is less objectionable than "abortion," thus increasing the distributors' client base and profitability.
Ella marketers would like you to believe that it is merely an improved version of Plan B. Plan B can also prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterine wall and causes the destruction of the embryo. If taken after the embryo has implanted, Plan B is not able to destroy the embryo. Conversely, ella can. It is crucial that the public understand Ella's destructive nature.
The drug that has a similar chemical makeup to ella is not Plan B, but rather RU-486, the pill used for chemical abortions. Ella's misclassification as EC is a clandestine method to provide funding for abortion. In its research trials, ella was not tested for its abortive potential and therefore the unknown consequences and dangers are potentially expansive. (At least six deaths as a result of RU-486 have been reported to the FDA over the past six years.) Since ella's chemical makeup is similar to RU-486, it's likely its complication rate will be just as tragic.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. company marketing ella, says it will likely be available with a prescription by the end of this year. Disguised as emergency contraception — it is more appropriately called "The Five Day After Pill" and "The Stealth Abortion Pill" — ella is a drug with greater destructive value than previously available. For more facts about ella, Michael Fragoso composes a detailed examination into its truly destructive capability, as well as what its proponents don't want you to know, at The Public Discourse.