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Abortion advocates push for over-the-counter morning-after pills for minors

Catholic World News - December 06, 2012

Representatives of 40 pro-abortion organizations will meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and urge her to permit the morning-after pill to be sold to minors over the counter.

“When it comes to emergency contraception, time is of the essence,” said Kirsten Moore, president and chief executive of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. Making people get a prescription, and get that prescription filled, is a barrier to care – and we don’t need to be putting that barrier in people’s ways.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, the morning-after pill works “principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization (by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or ova). In addition, it may inhibit implantation” of a fertilized egg “by altering the endometrium” – thus potentially acting as an abortifacient.

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