Ella Approved

Dear ProLife Colleague,

Today, August 13, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration approved the application for a new “Emergency Contraceptive” drug, ulipristal acetate, under the label ella. (See our June 12, 2010 letter, located on our website at http://www.aaplog.org/get-involved/letters-to-members/meet-ella-one/ )

Ella is the first selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM) available in the United States for the indication of “emergency contraception (EC).” This class of drug (SPRM) blocks progesterone which is necessary to maintain a pregnancy. It disables the uterine lining, compromising it’s ability to form “secretory” endometrium—the lining which nourishes the fertilized, implanting new human baby. This effectively deprives the brand new human child of oxygen and nutrients, and the child dies. This is abortifacient action.

Today’s approval, labeling ella as emergency contraception, is deceptive and dangerous to women and their newly conceived baby. Women deserve to know that ella can cause an abortion, and the FDA is deliberately misleading women by mislabeling ella only as contraception and not as abortifacient.

Here is what the FDA approved drug literature says:
“How does ella work?
ella is thought to work for emergency contraception primarily by stopping or delaying the release of an egg from the ovary. It is possible that ella may also work by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus. “

Why does the FDA not consider this an abortifacient? Semantic smoke and mirrors. Current medical semantics says “pregnancy begins with implantation. “ ProLifers say the “human life begins with fertilization.” So they say “this does not effect a pregnancy, thus not abortifacient.” We say, “This results in death of a new human being, thus abortifacient.”

Don’t miss this important fact: Ella only delays ovulation if taken in the day or so before ovulation happens. After ovulation, if the egg is fertilized, it works as a progesterone-blocking abortifacient. How often do you guess a woman takes this in just the right widow to delay ovulation? Not often.

The egg must be fertilized on the day of ovulation.And why does ella work for 5 days after ovulation? Because it is on about the 5th day after fertilization that the new baby begins to implant—but can’t, because the uterine lining is disabled by ella. That is abortifacient action. The FDA literature hints at this (see quote above), but does not use the “A” word. We find this very deceptive for the women considering using ella who would not otherwise even think of having an abortion.