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Vatican: 'Morning After' Pill

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that the Vatican has launched a campaign against a new "morning after pill" being sold in Italy. The hormone-based pill Norlevo prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, if given within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. The Vatican has denounced the pill as a form of abortion and urged Italian pharmacists not to fill prescriptions for it. Some members of Italy's center-left government have accused the Church of trying to overturn the separation of church and state.

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