The Difference between EC and RU-486

Today is Blog for Emergency Contraception day. This is not about abortion. This is about not needing abortion. This is about birth control.

I’m sure that a lot of people have no idea that Plan B or Emergency Birth Control (same thing) do not induce abortion. I know that people confuse EC with RU-486 which does, in fact, induce an abortion. They are 2 different things but because of this misconception (no pun intended) they are sometimes treated the same from a political perspective.

Plan B works by preventing ovulation. That is, if the egg has not yet hatched and you take EC it will probably not reach maturity and it will stay put in the ovary and then be resorbed. No egg = no pregnancy. This is really key for women who for one reason or another have unprotected sex. Or maybe their partner uses a condom and it breaks. Or maybe they are raped. No matter what, if a woman wants to do everything in her power to avoid a pregnancy under those circumstances she can, if she is over 18, go to the local pharmacy and purchase Plan B OTC. If she is under 18 she can get a prescription for Plan B. If she goes to the hospital (in the case of rape) they are SUPPOSED to offer her EC.

This doesn’t always happen. Some hospitals, particularly those run by religious organizations, refuse to dispense Plan B. This is bad. This is very bad. Furthermore, minors are not allowed to buy Plan B without a prescription. This is also bad. Trust me when I tell you if the girl wants Plan B the whole sex thing is over and done with. You can’t protect her from sex by denying her Plan B and she isn’t likely to have health issues from taking it.

Don’t believe me? Just read this site here. They make it all very clear.

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12 Responses to The Difference between EC and RU-486

  1. Laurie says:

    I completely agree with you. Plan B should be available to every woman and in every hospital.

  2. oh yes. I got really irritated when I found out that pharmacists were choosing not to give it out – on a subjective basis.

    So, they’ll refuse Plan B, but they’ll happily fill prescriptions for Viagra? It’s a practice that says sex is OK, but only if they get to be the moral police.

    Homey don’t play that.

  3. fe-lady says:

    Thanks for info….I haven’t heard of this, but I should know about it as daughter now has a serious boyfriend….(pulling my head out of the sand now…!) 🙂

  4. Cynthia says:

    thanks for posting this, I am going to pass the article on to many I know who confuse the two…

    it should be easily available!

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