Use Of The Morning After Pill Is On The Rise

04.29.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 Use of the morning-after pill is on the rise.  A study out Thursday shows significantly more American women are using the emergency contraceptive now that it is available over-the-counter. More than twice as many women aged 15 to 44 used the pill between 2006 and 2008 in the U.S., compared with 2002 when it was still prescription-only. In fact, only about 4-percent of all women used it in 2002, according to the study, published by the fertility and Sterility journal. The emergency contraceptive has been available in the U.S. for 12 years, and cuts the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex by stopping the ovaries releasing an egg. But it's highly controversial, because if the egg has already been dropped, it equates to an early abortion. The age restriction for girls to start using it was lowered to 17 two years ago.