by intern Anne Marie D.
Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...
Judie takes particular issue with the claims of the PBO website, which states, "Plan B One-Step isn't effective if you're already pregnant, and it won't terminate an existing pregnancy. " The prescribers section of the website states that the pill works in the following ways...
- Preventing ovulation
- Possibly preventing fertilization by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or egg
- Altering the endometrium, which may inhibit implantation
Ovarian hormones (estrogen) taken in large doses within 72 hours after sexual intercourse usually prevent implantation of the blastocyst, probably by altering tubal motility, interfering with corpus luteum function, or causing abnormal changes in the endometrium.
These hormones prevent implantation, not fertilization. Consequently, they should not be called contraceptive pills. Conception occurs but the blastocyst does not implant. It would be more appropriate to call them "contra-implantation pills." Because the term abortion refers to a premature stoppage of a pregnancy, the term abortion could be applied to such an early termination of pregnancy.
Sotomayor answered that "Roe v. Wade looked at the Constitution and decided that the Constitution as applied to a claimed right applied." AUL posits that the following should have been included in her response instead:
Yes, Roe v. Wade dramatically changed American society in the following ways, among others:
- Over 40 million unborn children have died from legal abortion;
- statistics suggest that the number of careless conceptions have increased, because many women treat abortion as a form of birth control;
- studies indicate that there are increased rates of sexually transmitted disease; it is difficult to protect minors from statutory rape in states where there are no parental involvement laws, because some clinics encourage underage girls to lie about their ages, or refuse to report suspected rape;
- the role of the father has been devalued, because men have no say in whether their children are or are not born;
- out-of-wedlock births are up - arguably many men do not feel responsible for the children they unexpectedly father because they view the decision of whether or not to have a child as solely a woman's decision;
- there is an increased use of prenatal testing to discover genetic conditions, followed by pressure for women to abort children with genetic abnormalities;
- there are now "wrongful birth" and "wrongful life" lawsuits;
- it is challenging to regulate abortion clinics, and thus protect women's health, because abortion proponents challenge the regulations in court;
- there are huge contradictions in the law, where "wanted" unborn children are protected but "unwanted" unborn children are not;
- employers generally feel less obligated to provide flexible work schedules and childcare options for their employees, and some even pressure employees to abort;
- countless women are suffering from the medical side effects of abortion - breast cancer, depression, placenta previa, preterm birth, suicide, and more, and there has been a general devaluing of human life.
Disgruntled that "safe sex" campaigns in the past have clearly failed, as evidenced by 1,383 cases of chlamydia (greater than double the national average) in 2007, the BPHC is now unrolling a "safer sex" campaign.
Utilizing popular teen networking methods, including Facebook, YouTube, and cable channels, the campaign features innovative peer-to-peer presentations, but markets the same old-same old: it describes STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and encourages use of condoms to stop the spread, neglecting to mention abstinence at all.
View the video below:
[Photo attribution (Sotomayor): cleveland.com]
My best friend (whom I totally disagree with on parenting BTW) just told me her 18 year old son has Chlamydia.
I love how libs still say we need to teach kids about protection all the time. My friend BUYS her son condoms (hence how we disagree) and this still happened. Truth be told he has been having sex for years and at one point thought he got a girl pregnant so, despite his school and his mother and father being very open about sex, he still isnt using protection.Posted by: Kristen at August 6, 2009 5:43 PM
Chlamydia has a transmission rate of 50% with using condoms. (Medical Institute for Sexual Health). "Condom use cannot guarantee protection against any STD. Studies have shown that while condoms may reduce the risk of some STDs, there is NOT sufficient evidence to show that condoms provide protection against some of the most common STDs, including HPV and Herpes which can be spread by skin-to-skin contact on areas of the body not covered by a condom." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Workshop Summary: Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, Herndon,VA:U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001. The longer a sexual relationship last (usually after 4-6 months) the less likely people are to continue using condoms. Duh?Posted by: Prolifer L at August 10, 2009 7:47 PM