Emergency Contraception Not Abortion, Rules Columbian High Court

The Columbian high court has ratified a government health agency’s authorization allowing importation and distribution of emergency contraception (EC) within the country. The authorization was legally challenged by a citizen who argued that EC is an abortifacient device and violates Columbians’ right to life. The court ruled against these arguments.

EC is available in Columbia with a prescription. EC is a single dose medication that prevents pregnancy when taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex. The World Health Organization has rejected the argument that EC is a form of abortion because it is not effective if administered “once the process of implantation has begun” and has no effect on a woman’s uterine lining at this point.


World Health Organization; RH Reality Check 8/11/08; Feminist Newswire 3/3/08

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