Does Plan B act as an abortifacient? I am often asked this and based on current scientific research, I do not believe it is. Levonorgestrel, Plan B’s active ingredient, has minimal impact on the endometrium and does not prevent implantation of a human embryo if used as prescribed. Based on what we know about the mechanisms at work with Plan B, I fully support its use as an emergency contraceptive.
A newer alternative to Plan B is Ella. Ella’s active ingredient is the same as Mifeprex, or RU-486, which is definitely an abortifacient. In fact, it is the primary method for inducing a medical abortion. Current research indicates that Plan B has minimal effect on the endometrium and does not prevent implantation of a human embryo if used as prescribed. Ella is designed to prevent implantation or even cause dislodgement. For this reason, I am against the use of Ella.
It is a scientific fact that life begins at fertilization. Any intentional act to destroy that life is the very definition of induced abortion. Plan B does not appear to prevent implantation of an embryo and is therefore not an abortifacient, it is a contraceptive. For my views on contraceptives, see my post ‘Let It Rain Birth Control‘.
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