Lies, More Damned Lies

According to this news article on the recent approval of the so-called “Plan B” or “morning after” pill, it would seem like the prolife opposition to its approval is just a bunch of twaddle over nothing.

The pills are a concentrated dose of the same drug found in many regular birth-control pills. Taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, a woman can lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. If she already is pregnant, the pills have no effect.

I read this and I thought to myself, “This doesn’t seem quite right to me,” for the abortifacient effects of birth control pills is hardly an unknown mystery.

But the article pretty much makes the statement and moves on–as though it’s as obvious as gravity.

But in this commentary, by Dr. Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., (note: no M.D.), we learn the truth, however inadvertently. Of course, Dr. Caplan’s bias is pretty much upfront and in your face.

Some have long opposed emergency contraception because they see the pill as an “abortion” pill. Others worry that having a day-after pill around will contribute to sexual immorality and promiscuity. This is sheer ignorance.

Sheer ignorance, you say? Ah, but not even the good doctor is quite willing to evade the truth, so he offers up the truth, albeit with a bunch of throat clearing and a final fallacious appeal to authority regarding definition (emphases added).

The pill acts in two ways. Primarily, it prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg so no fertilization can occur. Then in the rare event that an egg has already been released by the ovaries, the pill also changes the chemistry of the lining of the uterus so that any fertilized egg cannot implant.

Is this an abortion pill? No. For the most part the pill simply stops an egg from being available to come in contact with sperm. And even if there happens to be an egg present when sex occurs there is no disruption of an implanted embryo. The only way the pill can be seen as inducing an abortion is if one holds the view that non-implanted, fertilized eggs are fetuses a view which few doctors, pharmacists, scientists or Americans subscribe to.

So, the good doctor and all those calm rational people who agree with them are true by fiat. Ipse dixit indeed.

No, the “Plan B” pill doesn’t cause abortions, because even if it did we just simply redefine what counts as an abortion.

Got it, Sparky.

One thought on “Lies, More Damned Lies

  1. Thank God we have a good pro-life president like Bush in office so he can oppose this. What’s that you say? He approved it?

    One of these days evangelicals will see beyond some of the rhetoric that’s bandied about. Politicians are politicians. They have multiple faces. This particular face of G. W. Bush is particularly unsettling, but this has been his consistent policy: inconsistency.

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