We have the “morning after” pill — otherwise known as Plan B — and we have daily birth control pills, but what if those powers were combined to create a monthly after-sex pill for women that would protect against pregnancy and eliminate the daily pill popping regime?
In an essay recently published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, researchers urge for the development of this new pill, saying such a contraceptive option is “probably scientifically feasible and would probably be welcomed by many women.”
However, the researchers acknowledge that it might be a long, bumpy road along which politics would be at the forefront of the opposition. Given that both U.K. and U.S. governments define the start of pregnancy as implantation of a fertilized egg, the use of this new after-sex, and therefore post-fertilization, contraceptive would be “abortion by definition,” they write.
While they do recognize that governmental pushback is more or less imminent, the researchers did note that research has shown “many women view medical abortion methods, particularly when used at home, as more natural and more compatible with their religious or ethical views than clinic or hospital based surgical procedures.”
In an accompanying podcast discussing the essay, lead author Elizabeth Raymond, senior medical associate at Gynuity Health Projects in New York, says that post-fertilization methods are deemed unacceptable because pre-fertilization methods have been the norm for decades. She also acknowledges that the pill they are proposing will not be acceptable for every woman, but realistically, you can’t please everyone.
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Source: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care via British Medical Journal