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OTTAWA, June 30 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Health Protection Branch of the Canadian government issued a Notice of Compliance to Gynetics Inc. the company which owns PREVEN, on March 16, thus giving it license to market the product in Canada. In the face of a complete media blackout on the issue, the details are only now surfacing. Alliance for Life Ontario President Jakki Jeffs, issued a press release today confirming the legalization of the so-called “emergency contraception kit” in Canada,  noting that the estimated date of availability is September. The kit will be available by prescription only. 

Speaking with Dr. Andre-Marie Leroux, Medical Officer of the Therapeutic Drugs Program at Health Canada, Jeffs was informed that PREVEN works in four ways. One of the ways the drug kit works,  according to Leroux, is to affect the uterine lining preventing implantation of the embryo. Other mechanisms include the possibility of preventing ovulation, the thickening of mucous at the cervix thus blocking sperm, and affecting the fallopian tubes, making it difficult for the sperm and egg to meet. Speaking with LifeSite, Jeffs noted that she was assured by Dr. Leroux that PREVEN worked in all of these ways and, thus, is an abortifacient even if it does not result in an abortion 100% of the time.

In May, LifeSite reported that the Canadian company Roberts Pharmaceutical Corporation, based in Oakville, Ontario, announced an agreement with Gynetics Inc. whereby Roberts received exclusive Canadian marketing rights to PREVEN(TM).  The US marketing of PREVEN has met with strong resistance from pro-life forces. Judie Brown of American Life League referred to PREVEN as nothing more than “a do-it-yourself abortion kit.” Since the emergency contraception kits are designed to work even after fertilization/conception (for up to 72 hours into pregnancy),  pro-lifers treat them as a form of abortion.

For more information on the abortive nature of PREVEN see:
Doctor Spells Out Abortive Nature of “Emergency Contraception”

For some history on the “morning after pill” see:
More calls for abortifacients
Couples on Pill ‘prefer God’s curse to His blessing’

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