Matthew Hennessey could be making the same observation about hormonal birth control pills and emergency contraceptives as abortion. Just add levonorgestrel drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, norgestrel (ingredients in Plan B, Next Choice, and/or basic BC pill), and ulipristal acetate (EllaOne) to his list of synthetic compounds:
After all, abortion is not organic…. It is a lot of things. Natural, it is not.
Yet, somehow the politics of this have gotten all turned around. The greenies are in league with the pro-abortion people.
The same ones who promote all-natural living – organic fruits, locally-grown vegetables, hormone-free milk, free-range chickens, solar panels, wind turbines, etc. – are usually the same ones who want to make sure that women everywhere have unlimited access to synthetic compounds – gemeprost, methotrexate, mifepristone, misoprostol, etc. – that cause abortions.
Then there’s the pro-life “claim” – found on virtually ever manufacturing label – that BC and EC kill babies.
Oh, it may be true according to modern linguistic jujitsu that they do not “terminate a pregnancy,” but the fact remains BC and EC can kill 5/9-day-old young humans who are still floating in the uterus. Show me the fine print that doesn’t admit it.
That said, BC and EC miss blocking more than their share. In fact, studies repeatedly show widespread EC use actually raises pregnancy rates. Here’s the latest, quoting The Daily Mail, March 25:
Whatever anyone thought about its potential efficacy in the past, the idea that the morning after pill protects young girls from unwanted pregnancy now lies in tatters. The medical profession’s ‘gold standard’ Cochrane Review says there is no evidence it does. Worse, health economists from the University of Nottingham have found that emergency contraception provided free to teenagers led to a rise in unwanted teen pregnancy. And it has contributed to dramatically rising sexually transmitted infections amongst teenagers.
Yes, this is certainly a day to celebrate, isn’t it?
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