DUBLIN, November 14, 2001 ( – The Irish Medicines Board has given its approval for the “morning-after” pill, declaring it to be a contraceptive rather than an abortifacient. The Irish Times reports that the board’s decision contrasts with its position of just a year and a half ago when it upheld an application to licence the sale of the morning after pill questioning the drug’s “abortive nature”.

The board said it “in consultation with legal and expert medical advisers has deemed Levonelle to be classed as a contraceptive”. Acting to stop implantation of the embryo in the uterus, the morning after pill is an abortifacient. However various medical groups have chosen to alter the definition of “pregnancy” and “conception” as commencing at implantation rather than fertilization and thus circumvent pro-life legislation.

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