Monday, June 05, 2006

Literally Unbelievable

A married wealthy DC-area lawyer blames Bush and "religion seeping into politics" for her abortion. Wow. Bush made her have unprotected sex. Bush made her "take [her] chances and hope for the best." She clearly had no other choice, being a healthy and wealthy married woman. It's difficult to imagine that "Dana L." accomplished much with this piece. A slim majority of Americans support abortion rights in general because they're sympathetic to a number of difficult circumstances--the pregnant high school girl or the poor unwed mother of five. I doubt many read this and think to themselves, "thank God this woman had the choice, I can't imagine what her life would have been like without it."

H/T to K.Lopez of The Corner


I noticed that the author of the article doesn't understand how emergency contraception works. Dana wrote, "This all could have been stopped way before this baby was conceived if they had just let me have that damn pill [emphasis added]." Emergency contraception works in one of several ways. It can prevent the ovum from being fertilized by keeping it in the ovary or it can prevent implantation of the blastocyst. Emergency contraception works up until the blastocyst (a small clump of cells) attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. This is one reason why some have moral problems with emergency contraception and with oral contraception in general (the pill can prevent implantation as well, though that isn't its principal mode of action).

The reason that emergency contraception is not considered an abortion is that pregnancy is defined medically as beginning upon implantation rather than conception. I believe that emergency contraception should be legal and reasonably accessible, but it's important to get the facts straight.

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