Honduran Supreme Court Upholds Most Sweeping Ban on Emergency Contraception Anywhere
The Honduras Supreme Court has cemented the fate of women trying to avoid unintended pregnancy--whether from unprotected sex, contraceptive failure, or rape--by upholding what is currently the strictest ban on emergency contraception in the world. The absolute ban would criminalize the sale, distribution, and use of the “morning-after pill,” a contraceptive method that prevents pregnancy, by imposing punishment for offenders equal to that of obtaining or performing an abortion, which in Honduras is completely restricted. Emergency contraception is just that: contraception. Anti-choice forces have, however, succeeded in confusing the method with an abortifacient despite a wealth of medical studies from around the globe that have shown it to be a safe, effective method of birth control which simply uses a higher dose of the same medication in typical birth control pills, and works by preventing an egg from being fertilized.
February 17, 2012 11:37 AM