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Ecuador Constitutional Court Unanimously Approves Prohibition on Morning After Pill

Last week the Court concurred with a lower court ruling to prohibit the sale of Postinor 2 (similar to Plan B)…

The suit to have the pill banned was put forward by Fernando Rosero Rohde [president of a local pro-life group] in Nov 2004.

The case was hard won since powerful pharmaceuticals and foreign interest groups were pushing for the legalization of the drug. In 2004 the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health ordered the removal of the abortifacient drugs from pharmacies on the grounds of a "prescribed fault" in its pricing. The decision came while pro-life leaders in the tiny South American country were working to have the pill banned completely.

The physicians association of Ecuador joined [the effort] to have the pill banned completely because of its abortifacient effect.

Luis Sanchez, President of the Medical Federation of Ecuador said in 2004, "The morning after pill cannot be classified as a contraceptive method because by its very nature it acts against something that has already been conceived." Planned Parenthood International worked to insinuate the contraceptive mentality into Ecuador through its affiliate, Asociación Pro-Bienestar de la Familia Ecuatoriana, which works primarily through 150 annual 'sex education' workshops for adolescents. [29May06, Quito,, John-Henry Westen; 31May06, PFLI PharmAid Center]