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Ella . . . enchanted but protected

WAPO story on the next-generation morning-after contraceptive that's been available in Europe for a while and now looks to hit the street in America as a extending capability to the Plan B product we've already got.  FDA just approved, safety-wise.

Plan B, which works for up to 72 hours after sex, was eventually approved for sale without a prescription, although a doctor's order is required for girls younger than 17. The new drug promises to extend that period to at least 120 hours. Approved in Europe last year, ella is available as an emergency contraceptive in at least 22 countries.

This is a powerful and empowering product for women.  It would be a different world if this were available throughout the Gap, but at least we'll have it here--after the usual fight.

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