Is emergency contraception the same thing as the “abortion pill?”
No. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,, emergency contraception can only keep a woman from becoming pregnant. It works one of three ways:
- By keeping the egg from leaving the ovary
- By keeping the sperm from meeting the egg
- By keeping the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus (womb)
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the abortion pill (Mifeprex, also called RU-486) works after a woman becomes pregnant (after a fertilized egg has attached to the uterus). The abortion pill makes the uterus force out the egg, ending the pregnancy.