Morning After Pill (EC/MAP): Increases Pregnancy & Abortion (2001)

…No studies to date show that Emergency Contraception/MAP reduces unintended pregnancy rates (20) or lowers abortion rates. In fact, studies show that morning-after pills increase rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. After MAP was introduced on a widespread basis in Sweden, adolescent abortion rates increased from 17/1,000 to 22.5/1,000.(21) The British Medical Journal found that teenagers whose pregnancies ended in induced abortion were more likely to have used the morning-after pill before conception. The study surmised that MAP use is an indicator of willingness to engage in "risk-taking" behavior.(22) Still, the self-evident reality that life begins at fertilization, and that abortion can occur at any time after this point, should be revisited by America's medical establishment. ENDNOTES 1. Task Force on Postovulatory Methods of Fertility Regulation, "Randomised Controlled Trial of Levonorgestrel versus the Yuzpe Regimen of Combined Oral Contraceptives for Emergency Contraception," The Lancet, Vol. 352:428-33, August 8, 1998.  Study sponsored by UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, World Health Organization. 2. Anna Glasier, Evert Ketting, V.T. Palan, "Case Studies in Emergency Contraception from Six Countries."  International Family Planning Perspectives. June 1996; 22(2) p.57-61.    3. "Contraception, Not Abortion – An Analysis of Laws and Policy Around the World," Center for Reproductive Rights, April 2002, Item:  B012. 4. "Briefing Document:  Nonprescription Drugs and Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting," Women's Capital Corporation, Plan B for Emergency Contraception Rx-to-OTC Switch, 14 November 2003, Appendix 1: Mechanism of Action.  (To supports its claims that Plan B is not abortifacient, Women's Capital Corporation's Briefing Document included a Medical Bulletin from International Planned Parenthood Federation entitled, "Emergency...