At least, that's the message I get from the Christian Medical Assn. and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops when it comes to the new regulation the Bush administration is trying to get into place during these last days of his administration.
"The real battle line is the morning-after pill," he said. "This prevents the embryo from implanting. This involves moral complicity. Doctors should not be required to dispense a medication they have a moral objection to."And doctors claiming to be Christian shouldn't resort to outright falsehood in order to justify their attempts to gain control over women's reproductive rights. The morning-after pill does not act as an abortifacient. From the Mayo Clinic:
Here's how the morning-after pill works. Human conception rarely occurs immediately after intercourse. Instead, it occurs as long as several days later, after ovulation. During the time between intercourse and conception, sperm continue to travel through the fallopian tube until the egg appears. So taking emergency birth control the "morning after" isn't too late to prevent pregnancy.Plan B is no more an abortion than a fertilized egg that fails to implant on its own--and more than 60% of fertilized eggs fail on their own. So why do these groups feel it's okay to utter unqualified falsehoods in order to further their arguments?
The active ingredients in morning-after pills are similar to those in birth control pills, except in higher doses. Some morning-after pills contain only one hormone, levonorgestrel (Plan B), and others contain two, progestin and estrogen. Progestin prevents the sperm from reaching the egg and keeps a fertilized egg from attaching to the wall of the uterus (implantation). Estrogen stops the ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation) that can be fertilized by sperm.
The "conscience rule" is crap for other reasons, but this one is the one that really grates on me, because it's another sign of how unethical behavior is excused by playing the God card.