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What are the differences between emergency contraception and RU486?

RU486 is an abortofacient that became FDA approved around the same time as Emergency Contraception, and received far more publicity. Emergency Contraception and RU486 are completely unrelated, and used in completely separate circumstances, yet confusion is still rampant about the two. Few people are aware that while emergency contraception is taken within 5 days of unprotected intercourse to PREVENT pregnancy, RU486 is taken after established pregnancy to induce abortion. A surprising number of people think that RU486 is the morning after pill, and are therefore are reluctant to take it.
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