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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Friday, March 1, 2013

Plan B does not cause abortions

Some of you might remember that I've mentioned the craft store chain, Hobby Lobby, and that they have a problem with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)  because they believe some forms of birth control  cause abortions.  Well, it seems that we now have scientific studies that have proven that this wrong.

People have complained primarily about Plan B - which is an emergency contraception to be taken by a woman within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.  It is highly effective at preventing pregnancy but scientists were not quite sure how it worked.  Some speculated that perhaps it prevented a fertilized egg to be implanted in the uterus. Some people took issue with this as they believe this is the same as causing an abortion. This is despite the fact that up to 50% of fertilized eggs normally pass through the uterus and fail to become implanted which would make "nature" an abortionist, I suppose.  In any event, it turns out that this is not the case.  The pills actually delay ovulation so there is no egg to be fertilized.

So... Plan B is not an abortifacient after all.  Perhaps this will cause Hobby Lobby to drop their case against the government.

This won't affect companies that are arguing that their owners/founders believe birth control, in general, is contrary to their religious beliefs.  Those companies would still have that argument to make, I suppose.

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