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New 'Morning After' Pill Sells Abortion as Contraception

BY Danielle Bean

| Posted 2/2/10 at 10:00 AM


I’m getting pretty tired of medical professionals treating women like they are completely brainless.

Did you hear? We women are all set.

There’s a new “Morning After” pill in town. It has a futuristic name—ellaOne—and if we ladies are lucky enough, it will be approved as over the counter “emergency contraception” that can be used for up to five days after unprotected sex.

Only problem is, it’s not contraception at all.

This new pill contains a drug that is chemically similar to another drug known as RU-486, the infamous “abortion pill” that is prescribed to induce abortion in pregnancies up to two months’ gestation.

Naturally, it comes with all the same risks to women’s health as RU-486—excessive bleeding, infection, and sometimes even death. But this is women’s health care we’re talking about ... we’re not concerned with life-threatening side effects.

The worst part, though, are the lies some are trying to sell about what this pill even does. EllaOne works by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. It does not prevent pregnancy. It ends it. That’s abortion, not contraception.

Any doctor without an agenda could tell you that:

“‘This is a thinly-veiled attempt to get an abortion drug over-the-counter,’ said Dr. Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ‘Because fertilization of egg and sperm can only be prevented within 24 hours of intercourse, Harrison says, any emergency contraceptive that is effective five days after sex has to work by preventing the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus which. If one believes pregnancy begins with fertilization, that would be considered abortion.’”

Unfortunately, many doctors are defending this new drug’s status as a contraceptive. Because they do have an agenda. One that requires them going so far as to re-define pregnancy:

“But according to Dr. Lauren Streicher, clinical instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern Medical School, thinking that emergency contraception is equivalent to an abortion “is a big misconception.” It takes five to seven days for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterus and begin to grow, she says. She argues that if one interrupts the process before this implantation takes place, pregnancy never begins.”

Did you catch who this woman is? A clinical instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. And she’d have us believe she doesn’t know what the word “pregnant” means.

In their zeal to get over-the-counter approval for ellaOne, abortion advocates are re-defining contraception and abortion. Medical professionals specializing in women’s reproductive health care are pretending they have no idea when pregnancy begins.

And I thought we backward religious types were supposed to be the ones who opposed science.