No, we weren’t joking about them being anti-contraception, to the point where they’ll spread all-out lies in order to scare women away from birth control.
Imagine going to your doctor and being offered a pill—not because you were sick, or in any danger of becoming sick. No—your friendly physician is simply giving you drugs because you’re a woman.
If that sounds like a Hitchcock horror story to you—be prepared. Gynecologists around the country are embarking on a weird medical experiment that could have serious repercussions for women’s health.
Hello there, Mrs. Frankenstein!
Our dear friend Nathan has obviously never been pregnant. Because, although pregnancy isn’t a sickness, it will almost definitely make you sick. It has very serious physical repurcussions on your body. And it can be a wonderful, wanted, planned state of being, but it’s not something that most women want to go through involuntarily. Talk about a weird medical experiment.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has decided it won’t wait for the Food and Drug Administration to approve over-the-counter sales of the so-called morning after pill—a pill which is supposed to help women who are harboring regret over a sexual encounter the night before. Of course, it doesn’t matter that the FDA is hesitant to give the pills out like candy because it doesn’t want to promote promiscuity among young people. Also, some leading medical experts say that the morning after pill doesn’t just prevent pregnancy—it can also kill a child who has already been conceived in her mother’s womb.
Emergency contraception doesn’t do jack to “help women who are harboring regret.” No, it doesn’t get rid of regret, or exhaustion, or frustration because you didn’t orgasm. But it can do a pretty dandy job of keeping you un-pregnant. Which is, you know, what it’s made for.
As for “killing a child,” no, dear, no real medical experts say that. None. Zero. There are some medical experts who point out that emergency contraception may prevent a fertilized egg implanting in the uterine wall, and apparently there are “medical experts” who claim that the embryo is killed in utero. That’s just not the case, since emergency contraception does nothing to terminate a pregnancy or harm an embryo. I’ll bet if I looked hard enough, I could find someone who would claim to be a medical expert and tell me in all sincerity that babies are delivered via stork. I just wouldn’t trust him enough to quote him in my column. The idea that EC kills a child in the womb is just about as reliable as the stork theory.
No, ACOG won’t let the facts stand in the way of its misguided idea of scientific progress. In fact, the gynecologists’ group employs this fuzzy reasoning for promoting morning after pill prescriptions: women tend to have sex on weekends. Maybe women also tend to have beer on Saturday nights. Does that mean their family doctors should load them up with six packs every time they come in for flu shots?
Nathan, meet nonsequitor. Nonsequitor, meet Nathan.
The fact is, the pro-abortion contingent of ACOG is running scared. Pharmacists throughout the country have said they don’t want to dispense the morning after pill, also known as emergency “contraception,” because they have religious and moral objections to it. The abortionists know that if they can get women hooked on the morning after pill that they’ll have more support for their agenda—which includes abortion any time for any reason, anywhere.
That’s right, we’re gotta get ‘em hooked, and then we’re gonna abort all the pregnancies that they prevented! Muah hah … wait.
Every time a woman comes into a gynecologist’s office, ACOG wants the doctor to offer her advance prescriptions of the morning after pill. But it is apparently not enough to simply make the offer; indeed, some women are reporting that their gynecologists are insisting that they take the prescription—even if they say repeatedly that they don’t want it. The doctors urge them, “it’s good for a year!” This kind of scenario makes a mockery out of the phrase “pro-choice.” In a situation like this, how can anyone not conclude that “pro-choice” is really “pro-abortion?”
It’s so true. How can anyone not conclude that people who want to prevent pregnancy through dissemenation of contraception aren’t actually abortion-loving wenches? Seems clear enough to me.
Apparently, ACOG sees no reason for gynecologists to inform their patients that the morning after pill can cause abortions—even if some women have strong moral objections to abortion.
Well, darling, the ACOG also doesn’t warn women that magical purple unicorns cause abortions — because they don’t. See, here’s the thing: “Abortion” means “terminating a pregnancy.” In order to have an abortion, you have to be pregnant. Emergency contraception prevents you from ever getting pregnant. If you’re pregnant, it won’t work, and you will stay pregnant. So there’s no way that it can cause abortions. You follow?
Doctors routinely tell pregnant women not to take any medication during their pregnancies for fear that it will harm their unborn children. If a pregnant woman can’t take an aspirin, how can doctors assume that it’s safe for her to take the morning after pill? What if the pill “fails” and the woman remains pregnant? Or what if the woman takes the pill when she’s already six weeks along? And what’s to prevent the pill from getting into the hands of the woman’s impressionable 13-year-old daughter, who sees the pill as a good excuse to “hook up” with a boy she barely knows? Will ACOG pay for the girl’s counseling when she discovers that the boy who took away her virginity is a stalker or 40 years old?
Nathan, will you pay for my therapy should I ever discover that the boy who took away what would have been anotherwise pleasurable five minutes was, in fact, a woman-hating dimwitted wingnut who wants to force me into pregnancy?
Really, what kind of argument is this? “We shouldn’t make EC over the counter because a 13-year-old girl might get ahold of it, and then she might have sex, and the person she has sex with might be a stalker, or 40!” How is it that he’s getting paid to write like this?
That, and how to doctors know that it’s safe if a pregnant woman takes it? Well, it might not be ideal, but I’d imagine that they probably did a test or two on its effects on pregnant women, given that it’s a drug that’s being taken when women want to prevent pregnancy. Jesus.
Any doctor who thinks nothing of dispensing a pill that can kill has no place in the healing arts. Whether an abortion is surgical or chemical, it is still a tragedy for both mother and child.
Except when it’s not abortion. I think that Nathan needs to go back to 10th grade biology class and learn a little more about the human reproductive system. And he needs to do it at a school which labels uteruses something other than “baby chambers.”
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