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Copyright: © 2006 Gregory J. Rummo
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MORNING AFTER PILL: BIRTH CONTROL OR ABORTION?

By: Gregory J. Rummo

 

Much is being made about a Government Accounting Office report last year that blamed the Food and Drug Administration for acting on politics instead of science in its rejection of over-the-counter status for Plan B (the Morning After Pill.) Supporters of OTC status for the Morning After pill claim it is just another form of birth control. But if the Morning After pill were simply a form of birth control, then there’d be no story here. No form of oral contraceptive is available over-the-counter. Birth control pills are only available by prescription from a physician as is Plan B, currently.

So there must be something else going on. And yes, that something else is politics but not at the hands of the FDA.

It’s the politics of abortion.

To assert Plan B works by stopping an egg from becoming fertilized as some maintain is to ignore substantial evidence to the contrary; namely, that Plan B is not “birth control” as the term is generally understood but acts as an abortifacient, killing a fertilized egg—a little human being—by causing changes to the inside of the uterus making implantation impossible.

A 1994 article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology entitled, “The morning-after pill; How long after?” explains: “If an ovum is in the Fallopian tube, the process of fertilization may begin within 15 to 30 minutes after intercourse. The ‘morning after’ is already too late for any contraceptive effect to intervene. Thus some researchers conclude that post-coital drugs act principally to terminate a viable pregnancy by interfering with the endometrium: ... this mode of action could explain the majority of cases where pregnancies are prevented by the morning-after pill.”

Further evidence is provided in a statement signed by over 100 physicians entitled, “Morning After Pill or Morning Abortion Pill.”

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of ‘morning after pills’ which may be taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse as a ‘safe’ way to ‘avoid pregnancy.’ The FDA has also authorized such drugs to be labeled and sold in interstate commerce as ‘emergency contraception.’ In fact, the FDA, which is supposed to protect consumers from drug fraud, has authorized such fraud by granting its permission to label drugs such as Preven, Planned Parenthood's Plan B, etc., as contraceptives. These drugs achieve their primary anti-fertility effect by destroying a new and distinct human being—with a unique genetic code different from the mother's and father's—after the process of fertilization has taken place, but before the child has nestled into the mother's womb.”

And the makers of Plan B admit on their website that it works not only by “stopping the release of an egg from the ovary, and…prevent[ing] the fertilization of an egg (the uniting of sperm with the egg) [but it] may also work by preventing it from attaching to the uterus (womb).”

There’s really little difference between this method of ending a pregnancy and one terminated by RU-486, the notorious chemical abortifacient approved by the FDA in September 2000. This marked the first time the FDA, whose purpose is to ensure the “safety and effectiveness” of the nation’s medicines, approved a drug whose sole pharmacological property is the destruction of another human being.

This is a far cry from the administration’s mandate and is in direct contradiction to the Hippocratic Oath, an ancient code of ethics followed by physicians. The oath stipulates, in part: “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.”

The Bible declares that man is “wonderfully made.” Unfortunately, this truth has been lost to a generation that values expediency over humanity.

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