Plan B

I was on a website today with a banner ad that flashed to an advertisement for Plan B® birth control.

I decided to go to Plan B® ‘s website, since it wouldn’t be very wise to reference things I saw in a flash ad.

On their website, Plan B® makes these statements:

“Plan B One-Step™ will not affect an existing pregnancy.”

“Plan B One-Step™ will not disrupt or affect an existing pregnancy.”

But how is pregnancy being defined?

Here is a quote:

“There has been resistance to contraceptive equity legislation from some groups . . . These groups incorrectly claim that the Pill and IUDs induce abortion instead of preventing pregnancy.  The fact is that the medical community defines pregnancy as the point at which the fertilized egg has attached itself to the uterine lining.[2]”

I learned this last year for the first time.  There are two ways of defining pregnancy:

  • At the point of fertilization
  • At the point the fertilized egg attaches

I find it so strange to think the difference is a matter of traveling and hook-up.

I hope I have a right to my life whether I’ve made it to my destination or I’m still traveling.

And I’ve never heard a patient about to be connected to a ventilator called something other than a person before hand.

I cannot make moral decisions about conception based on the way we defined terms yesterday, or the way we’re going to define them today.  And I cannot make moral decisions based on how often we think emergency contraceptives prevent the egg from fertilizing as opposed to destroying the fertilized egg.  No, I make my moral decisions about conception based on what the Author of life says about the beginning of life.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13, NIV)

I don’t find life in Plan B®.  I find life in God’s plan.

[1] Plan B® website, Frequently Asked Questions, http://www.planbonestep.com/plan-b-faq.aspx

[2] “Contraceptive Equity Bills Gain Momentum in State Legislatures”, CRLP Publications, August 2000, http://lobby.la.psu.edu/013_Contraceptive_Coverage/organizational_statements/Center_for_Reproductive_Law_and_Policy/CRLP_Contraceptive_Equity_Gains_Momentum.htm, accessed August 2, 2011

More Information: Can emergency contraceptives really stop the fertilized egg from attaching?

From Familydoctor.org, Emergency Contraception, link http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/women/contraceptive/805.html:

“Pills used for emergency contraception can prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg, can prevent an egg from being fertilized by sperm or can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the wall of the uterus.”

From ec.Princeton.edu, How Emergency Contraceptives Work, link http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/ecwork.html

“We can’t always completely explain how contraceptives work, and it is possible that any of these methods may at times inhibit implantation of a fertilized egg in the endometrium.”

From Medline Plus, a Service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, link http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007014.htm:

“It is also possible that emergency contraceptives prevent a woman’s egg from joining with a man’s sperm (fertilization), and make it hard for the fertilized egg to implant correctly in the womb.”

Articles can disagree about the likeliness that contraceptives impact the fertilized egg, but not that there is no chance.  For example:

From Womenshealth.gov, a Project of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, link http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/emergency-contraception.cfm#b

“While it is possible that ECPs might work by keeping a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus, the most up-to-date research suggests that ECPs do not work in this way.”

These same exact words are found on Plan B®’s site, too, link http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/emergency-contraception.cfm#a:

“While it is possible that ECPs might work by keeping a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus, the most up-to-date research suggests that ECPs do not work in this way. “

All websites were accessed on 8-2-2011 or 8-3-2011.

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