A Google Alert I set up to track web postings related to the new drug, Ella (ulipristal; ulipristal acetate), produced an interesting result. Ella, recently approved by FDA as an emergency contraceptive, closely resembles RU-486 chemically. Like RU-486, it is emrbryo-toxic and is an abortifacient.
The Google Alert picked up an interesting web posting on Ella by Dr. Gerard Nadal who holds an earned doctorate in molecular microbiology from St. Johns University (NYC). Nadal calls his website Coming Home, and he proclaims its mission as being Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement. Here is his bio. Nadal recently joined the Center for Morality in Public Life as an editor and columnist.
In his posting on FDAs new emergency contraceptive/abortifacient, Ella: Untangling the Ball of Lies (Part 1), is the sort of well-written document that makes complex subjects easy to understand due to the authors range and depth of knowledge. Here are the final two paragraphs:
Thus we see that Ella simultaneously blocks the production of progesterone and blocks it from binding to its receptors in the uterine lining, producing a miscarriage. This can happen at any time in the pregnancy. It also acts to destroy the endometrium before the embryo reaches it for implantation.
If this level of outright lying and obfuscation is profoundly disturbing, the safety standards that were deliberately ignored and the clinical trials never performed on the road to approval are nothing less than scandalous. In Part II, the story of how Ella was shepherded past the safety standards in product development, clinical trials and FDA approval.
I cant wait for Part II.