Friday, February 3, 2012

Honduran Supreme Court votes to ban "morning after pill"

The Honduras Supreme Court has ruled against the “morning-after pill” - by just one vote, the casting vote of the President of the Court.
This decision covers the supply of all brands of so-called “emergency contraception” or morning-after pill, not just one brand. The exact wording of the decision is not available yet.

Back in 2009 the Honduran National Congress passed a law banning the sale of so-called "emergency contraception" which can cause abortions as well as preventing pregnancy.

 Also known as the "morning after pill," the drug contains a hormone that, if received after a new human embryo has been created, prevents it from attaching to the uterine wall, resulting in the death of the baby.  Opponents of the bill at the time claimed that the drug does not cause abortions, this was contradicted however by the Honduran Medical College, which recognized the abortifacient properties of the pill.

The former Honduran president, President Zalaya vetoed the bill resulting in the Supreme Court involvement and subsequent decision.
It is understood that the legislature will vote again on the issue, and they need 2/3 majority to confirm rejection of the drug. They're expecting a lot of pressure from the pro-abortion lobby.