Politics, The Morning After Pill, and Propaganda

Have you ever heard the old saying, “you can’t be a little pregnant; you either are, or you aren’t?” Sense used to be common.

The pro-choice crowd is upset with the White House for blocking over-the-counter access to the “Morning After Pill.” Former Assistant FDA commissioner for women’s health Susan Wood believes the decision is politically motivated (what isn’t these days?). Her article included an interesting paragraph:

“Let’s remember that Plan B is simply a higher dose of regular birth-control pills and works the same way, only immediately after unprotected sex, not before. Despite the scare tactics and misinformation campaigns being waged by the Catholic hierarchy and others who oppose allowing women to access contraception, Plan B is not the abortion pill (sometimes known as RU-486), and it will not interrupt a pregnancy.” [Source]

So, according to Wood, Plan B (the Morning After Pill) won’t interrupt a pregnancy. Let’s also remember she accused the Catholic hierarchy of using “Scare tactics” and “misinformation campaigns.”

If you’re careful enough to go to the prescribers section of the Plan B website, you’ll find the following explanation,

Plan B® One-Step works primarily by:

  • Preventing ovulation
  • Possibly preventing fertilization by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or egg
  • Altering the endometrium, which may inhibit implantation

 

I’ll come back to the tubal transport function, but first pay attention to the third function, “Altering the endometrium, which may inhibit implantation.” This means if conception occurs Plan B will have sufficiently thinned the endometrium and may prevent implantation. That, trusted readers, is an abortion.

This also comes from the Plan B site:

If it is taken as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, it can significantly decrease the chance that you will become pregnant. About seven out of every eight women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant. [Source]

I’m not statistician, but I’m pretty sure that means at least 10% of the time a woman uses Plan B she still becomes, or remains, pregnant. How many conceived children are killed by this “safe” drug? But Plan B really isn’t an abortion drug, just read the rest of their site.

Plan B One-Step® is a backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure. It contains levonorgestrel, the same ingredient found in many birth control pills. It should not affect or terminate an existing pregnancy. The sooner you take Plan B One-Step®, the better it works. [Source]

Do not take Plan B One-Step®:

  • If you’re already pregnant, because it won’t work [Source]
There is no medical evidence that Plan B One-Step® would harm a developing baby. If you take Plan B One-Step® accidentally after you’re already pregnant, or it doesn’t work and you become pregnant, it’s not likely to cause any harm to you or your pregnancy. Plan B One-Step® will not disrupt or affect an existing pregnancy. [Source]
This last one is from the fine print at the bottom of the page,
Plan B One-Step® isn’t effective if you’re already pregnant, and it won’t terminate an existing pregnancy... You should not take Plan B One-Step® if you are already pregnant. Plan B One-Step® should not be used as a routine birth control, as it is not as effective. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical help. [Source]
Just for good measure, this is provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information,
“It also may work by changing the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent development of a pregnancy… - National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.S. National Library of Medicine

Even though Wood and the Plan B marketing team want you to believe this is a harmless, non-abortive drug, abortion is clearly one of its functions.  And it’s far from harmless. Remember this function?

“Possibly preventing fertilization by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or egg”

Also remember the warning in fine print, “If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical help.” This is scary.

An ectopic pregnancy (notice the word pregnancy) is when the conceived child implants somewhere other than the uterus, usually in the Fallopian tube. (The medical community define this as a pregnancy even though the baby hasn’t reached the uterus, therefore the destruction of the child by preventing him from implanting in the uterine wall is the ending of a human life.) The woman’s reproductive system is amazing, stunning really. This is just a glimpse,

The ends of the fallopian tubes lying next to the ovaries feather into ends called fimbria (Latin for “fringes” or “fingers”). Millions of tiny hair-like cilia line the fimbria and interior of the fallopian tubes. The cilia beat in waves hundreds of times a second catching the egg at ovulation and moving it through the tube to the uterine cavity. [Source]

(Bear in mind, there is cilia in various places within the human body, but the ones at the end of the Fallopian tubes are uniquely long to perform their designed function. This isn’t random.)

Some suggest the scarring in the Fallopian tubes caused by Chlamydia increase a woman’s risk for ectopic pregnancy because the uninterrupted cilia highway has potholes that catch the newly conceived child. Others point to drugs like Plan B due to their self-described function of “altering the tubal transport of the sperm or egg.” If the sperm has already found the egg, conception has occurred and a life has begun. If Plan B performs now the child will remain in the tube and an ectopic pregnancy has been caused. Ectopic pregnancies, assuming a miscarriage doesn’t occur, are extremely dangerous for women, even fatal.

“There are little or no data on the risk of ectopic pregnancy following levonorgestrel  (Plan B drug of choice) treatment as an emergency contraception. We encountered three cases of ectopic pregnancy following the use of levonorgestrel administered peri- or postovulation. Here we report these cases and discuss the clinical and epidemiologic implications of this association. Health providers should be alert to the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy in women who become pregnant or complain of lower abdominal pain after taking levonorgestrel.” [Source]

Plan B self-acknowledges (if you know where to look) the abortive function of the drug. Medical professionals are aware of the inherent risk associated with levonorgestrel (Plan B) for ectopic pregnancies. Yet somehow it’s believed that it’s the “Catholic hierarchy” who are providing “misinformation campaigns” and “scare tactics.” You tell me what’s scarier, abstaining from sex until you’re married and experiencing a healthy, fulfilling sexual life; or taking a drug that might kill you or your child?

Maybe we should stop fighting for Plan B in the name of women’s rights and health, and start pushing for Plan A – Abstinence.

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