Breaking News: Honduras Court Rules Against Morning-After Pill

Posted on | February 2, 2012 by Wendy Wright |

The Supreme Court of Honduras has ruled against the morning-after pill by one vote. This ruling covers the concept of morning-after pill, not just one brand. The decision isn’t available yet. The president of the supreme court was the deciding vote.

In 2009, the legislature passed a bill to prohibit the consumption, marketing, sale and purchase of the drug. The Medical College of Honduras had previously warned of the drug’s anti-implantation effect.
The legislature is going to vote again on the issue. Pro-lifers in Honduras are expecting a lot of pressure, particularly from outside governments.
Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services refused to allow the morning-after pill to be easily available to all age groups in the U.S.
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius cited concern over the drug’s potential harm to girls, stating, “It is commonly understood that there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age, which I believe are relevant to making this determination as to non-prescription availability of this product for all ages.”
A year before, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved Ella, a morning-after pill that operates in the same way as RU-486, the abortion drug.
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