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The Abortion Pill vs. The Morning-After Pill... Are they the same thing?

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Updated June 04, 2014

The Abortion Pill vs. The Morning-After Pill... Are they the same thing?

A common concern that people always share with me is whether or not Plan B (also known as the morning-after pill) is the same thing as RU486 (the abortion pill). Emergency contraception is often viewed synonymously with the abortion pill. It is important to realize, however, that these two medications serve two different purposes and work completely different from one another.

RU486 results in a termination of a pregnancy and is only used after pregnancy is established (and no more than 49 days since a woman’s last menstrual period). On the other hand, Plan B is used to prevent pregnancy when taken within 5 days after unprotected intercourse. It will not harm an existing pregnancy and does not cause an abortion.

RU486 vs. Plan B Photo © 2009 Dawn Stacey

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