Surprise! Recent Obama ads, such as this one, trumpet “contraception coverage–guaranteed,” as part of the health care law known as Obamacare. Part of that coverage is for abortion-inducing drugs such as Ella, which are taken after a possible conception. Yet the administration insists that the health care law does not cover abortions, or abortion-inducing drugs. Cecilia Munoz, speaking for the president and posting on the White House blog, says this about the coverage provided under the health care law:
Drugs that cause abortion are not covered by this policy: Drugs like RU486 are not covered by this policy, and nothing about this policy changes the President’s firm commitment to maintaining strict limitations on Federal funding for abortions. No Federal tax dollars are used for elective abortions.
However, the “plan B” drug Ella, is covered by the policy. From the FDA labeling information on the drug,
ella is thought to work for emergency contraception primarily by stopping or delaying the release of an egg from the ovary. It is possible that ella may also work by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus.
According to the FDA information, women who suspect pregnancy must take a pregnancy test prior to taking the drug ella. The FDA information includes the following:
Use of ella is contraindicated during an existing or suspected pregnancy.
And, even more frightening,
There are no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnant women.
More from the FDA information, concerning tests done on pregnant animals:
Ulipristal acetate was administered repeatedly to pregnant rats and rabbits during the period of organogenesis. Embryofetal loss was noted in all pregnant rats and in half of the pregnant rabbits following 12 and 13 days of dosing, at daily drug exposures 1/3 and 1/2 the human exposure, respectively, based on body surface area (mg/m2).
But, the White House, the HHS secretary, and the Obama campaign all say that ella is not an abortion-inducing drug. Guess they ought to call the FDA and get their stories straight, perhaps?