Officials order removal of abortion pill advertising in Costa Rica

.- The National Control of Advertising Board in Costa Rica ruled this week that radio ads promoting the abortion pill as “emergency contraception” are illegal and ordered them pulled off the air.

The decision was made after the Association for the Defense of Life denounced the radio ads promoting the morning-after pill and sponsored by the “Costa Rican Demographic Association.”

The Association argued that the Ministry of Health did not grant approval to the pill because of its anti-implantation effect on a fertilized ovum.

“Such an effect is not compatible with Costa Rican law, which protects life from the moment of conception,” the Ministry of Health said.

The copy for the radio ad reads: “Did you forget to take the pill for two days or more? There’s another option. Use emergency contraception.  A message from the Costa Rican Demographic Association.”

The National Control of Advertising Board ruled in favor of the Association for the Defense of Life and ordered the ads be pulled immediately. 

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