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Italian Women Get “Morning After” Pill

Last week, as U.S. women finally received access to mifepristone, the Italian Health Ministry approved the sale of a French-made emergency contraceptive (EC) pill. The EC, called Norlevo, will be available this month to Italian women with a doctor’s prescription. Norlevo is used within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, and blocks implantation of a fertilized egg. The Vatican issued its disapproval of the pill, claiming that there is little distinction between emergency contraception and medical abortion.

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Washington Post _ October 1, 2000