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Thursday, 30 August, 2001, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Chile bans morning-after pill

The Chilean Supreme Court has decided to ban the morning-after birth-control pill, which had been approved by the health ministry.

The ruling, by three votes to two, followed legal action by several anti-abortion groups which claim that the pill has an abortive effect.

The government's public health institute maintains it is a contraceptive because it prevents fertilisation.

The court of appeal upheld this view in May and allowed the pill to be sold, but the decision has now been overturned.

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