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UK judge rules emergency contraception can continue to be lawfully supplied by a physician or over-the-counter in pharmacies, Department of Health announces April 18. Society for Protection of the Unborn Child applied for Judicial Review of ECs, alleging they cause abortions and should not be legally administered. The case was heard Feb. 12-14; the judge found SPUC's legal argument to be "erroneous" and dismissed application. Case hinged on definition of when pregnancy begins; established medical view in the UK is that pregnancy begins at implantation and not when an egg is fertilized. EC works before implantation and cannot take effect if taken post implantation...

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