Right now, the only morning-after pill on the market is Plan B, which can prevent pregnancy for up to 72 hours after the dirty deed. But a new drug, ella, can prevent pregnancy for up to 120 hours after sex. It’s being examined by the FDA to determine if it should be approved on Thursday for the U.S. market, and the FDA just released some preliminary documents saying that ella is safe and effective. (Ella’s already on the market in Europe.)
Ella works by blocking progesterone’s activity, which delays an egg from being released by the ovaries. Of course, anti-abortion activists are already up in arms over the pill, because it’s chemically similar to mifepristone, the drug that induces abortions. If U.S. women are denied reproductive rights on the grounds that one drug is similar to another, already legal drug, we’re moving to Europe. We’re sick of shaving our armpits anyway.