Irish Board Approves Emergency Contraception

The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has approved Levonelle, an emergency contraceptive pill, after determining that the pill is not an abortifacient. This decision represents a reversal of an early determination made by the IMB that emergency contraception may have an “abortive nature.” Last month, while considering the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Bill, a Cabinet subcommittee ordered that questions surrounding the classification of emergency contraceptive be clarified, so no legal uncertainties surrounding Levonelle or any other emergency contraception could exist. The IMB consulted with legal and medical experts, including the Irish Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, before reaching its conclusion.

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Irish Times, 11/14/01

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