What is the difference between the Abortion Pill and the Morning – After Pill?

That’s a great question. Here’s a chart that may help you out, as people often get confused about these pills.

The Abortion Pill: The Morning-After Pill:
Method An abortion method used to terminate an early pregnancy. A method used to prevent pregnancy. It may cause a very early abortion if fertilization has already occurred.
Medication Medications are Mifeprex® (mifepristone) and Cytotec® (misoprostol). Medication is Plan B One-Step® (levonorgestrel).
When to take? Must be taken within 49 days of when your last menstrual period began. Must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
Do I need a prescription? Pills must be prescribed by a health care professional. At least three visits to your caregiver are needed, possibly more. Depending on one’s age, the pill may be purchased without a prescription.
Will it prevent STDs? Will not prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases. Will not prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases.


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Source: © 2009, 2012 Focus on the Family “Morning-After Pill” pamphlet.

Footnote 1: Mifeprex is a registered trademark of Danco Investors Group, Cytotec is a registered trademark of Searle & Co. and Plan B One-Step is a registered trademark of Women’s Capital Corporation.