Morning-After Pill (MAP)

Within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.
Also known as “Emergency Contraception,” this procedure consists of a pregnancy test and two doses of pills. The woman first must take a pregnancy test and receive a negative test result before taking the pills. If a negative test result occurs from the pregnancy test, then the woman is instructed to take the first dose of the MAP. Note: a negative result indicates that the woman is probably not pregnant from intercourse during her previous monthly cycle, but it will not show whether or not she just became pregnant (from intercourse the “night before”). She is instructed to take this first dose as soon as possible, but not more than 72 hours after intercourse. The woman takes a second dose 12 hours after the first dose. If conception already occurred within the 72 hour time frame (that is the “night before”), the life is expelled.

Note: Although not commonly considered an abortion, the MAP is designed to deter the embryo (genetically considered a unique human being) from attaching to the uterine wall if conception occurs. This embryo, unable to sustain itself, is then expelled from the uterus, causing an abortion to occur. An abortion has only occurred if conception has taken place.