In an article on emergency "contraception" in a Catholic hospital the latest defense by EC proponents.
"The research is very clear. EC has no impact on an established pregnancy. If there’s been implantation on the uterine wall, there’s no impact. That’s in everything I’ve read," said Lon Newman, executive director of Family Planning Health Services.
Now the product insert itself says:
So what this means is that EC can cause problems with implantation and this is of course after conception has occurred. The true part of the their statement is only that once implantation has occurred that it is not effective. So their argument is quite deceptive in not mentioning embryos that fail to attach due to altering the endomentrium. But this is part of their non-scientific claim that you are not pregnant until implantation occurs and the attempt to move the start of life away from conception. They really can’t keep their stories straight. Out of one mouth it isn’t a human life until it is born and out of the other end life doesn’t occur until implantation. This is like the "it isn’t a clone until you implant it in the womb" argument and then they claim pro-lifers are anti-science.
"Think about it. If there was any risk to a current pregnancy, the FDA would never have accepted EC for over-the-counter status," Newman said.
As if this was a medical decision instead of a political one. They never mention that the regular birth control pill which uses a much lower dosage is not over-the-counter. This is a major discrepancy that is political and not medical.
Diogenes also has some perfect commentary on this new claim.
"Some critics– including Roman Catholic leaders– consider the pill tantamount to abortion, although Barr says it has no effect on women who are already pregnant."
Really? So if a woman has already conceived, the pill will do nothing?
If that’s what Barr wants us to believe, then let’s have a new advertising campaign for the "Plan B" pill. Right on the package, put a banner that reads: "If you’re already pregnant, this pill will do nothing." See what that does to the sales figures.
I was pleasantly surprised how many people (esp non-Catholics) supported a hospital’s right to not prescribe emergency contraception (misnomer that it is).
I wish the Catholic doctor interviewed was more clear on conception/implantation as the beginnings of pregnancy. The article left me feeling as if the Catholics were “believing” the drug worked a certain way contrary to the “facts” presented by the other side.
Twisted as it is, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology defines pregnancy as beginning at implantation rather than at conception.
This technically makes pro-lifers anti-medical.
Though I would argue that medicine has become anti-science and violated their hippocratic oath a long time ago.