According to an article in TheNewAmerican.com, the Food and Drug Administration is looking at approving EllaOne for distribution in the United States. EllaOne (Ulipristal) is a drug already approved in other countries and would allow an impregnated woman up to five days after having sex to take the pill with good chances for terminating the pregnancy. Obviously this is a big deal to people on both sides of the issue; right to lifer’s call EllaOne “just like the abortion pill;” on the other side of the argument, ‘mum’s the word’ as this appears to be headed for widespread availability in the United States. while I don’t really care which type of birth control women use, I think all the rancor over this issue is really just a whole lot of noise because with all the options available to women these days, I think that they are still always going to do what they want with their bodies; that’s the way it always should have been and that’s the way that it will continue to be.
EllaOne Approval: Stakes: For women who want to end a pregnancy there are many options. Carrying a child to term and giving it up for adoption is one potential answer. For the woman disinclined towards that option there are later term abortions, early term abortions, “the abortion pill” RU-486 (Mifepristone) or Plan-B “the morning after pill” which can be taken up to stop a pregnancy up to 72 hours after a sexual encounter.
EllaOne Approval: Opponents: For many, the approval of EllaOne is a reason to parse down the experience of when conception actually begins to such an extreme that it’s a little ridiculous. “It kills embryos, just like the abortion pill,” says Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). “It prevents the fertilized egg, the embryo, form implanting in the uterus. And if the embryo has already implanted, it will destroy the embryo.” Now I’m no scientist but all this seems to be a whole lot of splitting hairs. I mean, isn’t a uterus necessary for a baby to come about? While all life is beautiful, the argument Ms. Harrison is making seems to be this: “All wheat stalks eventually become bread.” When in actuality, in the most hostile climates wheat stalks become nothing. Why would Ms. Harrison want to allow a child to grow in a hostile environment where there is a chance it could become a wonderful, healthy, tasty loaf of bread or the far greater likelihood is that it could just become ravaged fodder for soil in the earth?
EllaOne Approval: Whatever Will Be, Will Be: There are many choices which are legally available at your drug store or able to be obtained at a clinic. At a clinic you can even get help so that something like EllaOne isn’t even necessary. EllaOne sounds to me like just another reason for women to delay on making a decision. Of course, I’m not speaking about women who are victims of sexual assault or anything like that; I just don’t understand why we need to market to young girls and women; telling them “it’s okay if you want to wait an extra couple of days to terminate that pregnancy you may have going on inside of you.” I’m of the opinion if many of our mothers had all the options which women today have to stop a pregnancy then many of us wouldn’t even be here today. Not that we’re all the product of drunken 70’s escapades or anything like that; just when you give people the more time to decide that’s all the more chance for them to make another choice.