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EllaOne – The New Plan B Pill – Approved by FDA

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Ella OneGood news for everyone who’s ever been too lazy to make it to the pharmacy. Yesterday, the FDA unanimously endorsed ellaOne – a new contraceptive pill that helps prevent pregnancy for up to five days after unprotected sex, condom breakage, or other birth control fails. Previously – the best option was Plan B, which provides about three days – not too shabby, but we’re still not going to argue with giving people a little more breathing room in the holy-shit-we-may-have-just-made-a-baby department.

Of course, there are some naysayers – primarily wacky pro-life groups that believe ellaOne is an abortion pill disguised as something preventative. In response, Jezebel quotes

"Since it takes five to seven days for the fertilized egg to implant itself in the uterus and begin to grow, any actions taken before that time are preventing pregnancy. Unlike [some pro-lifers], who believes that the moment the egg is fertilized, pregnancy has begun, [Lauren Streicher from the Northwestern Medical School] argues that pregnancy is not simply the meeting of sperm and egg, but the meeting of sperm, egg, and uterus."

 In the end though, we tend to think the whole "when exactly does fertilization occur" is kind of like having anal sex in high school to "maintain your purity." In other words, stupid. The point is if you’re only pregnant because the condom broke, there’s no harm in giving you a few more days to figure it out.