Subject: The Hypocrisy of all concerning Plan B “emergency ‘contraception’”
Date: 5/1/2013 10:53 PM
[The Hypocrisy of all concerning Plan B “emergency ‘contraception’”
[Note: All those lying about the accurate science or looking the other way should, among other things, be sued for knowingly and willingly preventing the legally valid “informed consent” of anyone who consumes Plan B and similar “contraceptives”. “All those” includes a whole lot of people. Those same people should be sued for any health damages to the young girls, teens and women who will end up with devastating STD’s, infertility and the killing of their unborn child. (And imagine the boon for sex traffickers!). Here is an example of the pure unadulterated fraud that continues to be perpetrated by “all those people” (as stated below -- very last sentence in the article):
“If a woman already is pregnant, the morning-after pill has no effect. It prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg. According to the medical definition, pregnancy doesn't begin until a fertilized egg implants itself into the wall of the uterus.”
The accurate scientific facts, that are surely known by these scientific “experts” (otherwise they aren’t really experts), have been known for over 125 years. See: http://www.medicalmuseum.mil/assets/documents/collections/hdac/stage01.pdf; also, http://www.ehd.org/virtual-human-embryo/intro.php?stage=1].
In normal human sexual reproduction, a woman is pregnant when the “egg” is fertilized by the sperm in her fallopian tube (aka, uterine TUBE). Fertilization cannot take place in the uterus. The new human being then proceeds to move through the fallopian tube for several days to the uterus so that it can try to implant in the lining of the uterus. By the time of implantation the woman has been pregnant for 5-7 days or longer. IT IS ONLY IN ARTIFICIAL REPRODUCTION IN IVF/ART FACILITIES THAT A WOMAN IS FIRST PREGNANT AT “IMPLANTATION”. Obviously, if the embryo has been reproduced in a petri dish outside of the woman’s body, then the woman isn’t “pregnant” until the technician implants that already existing human embryo into her uterus as an “infertility treatment”.
In the case of Plan B and similar “contraceptives”, which scenario are we talking about? Quite obviously, unless one has lost all his/her marbles, we are talking about a female who has had normal sexual relations with a male. We are not talking about “infertility” treatments in IVF/ART facilities. So IF fertilization has taken place (which everyone agrees can and does happen -- otherwise why prevent implantation!), the new embryo is still in the woman’s fallopian tube -- not in her uterus. If that embryo arrives too early or too late to the uterus (as the result of additional chemical mechanisms in these pills), then the embryo dies. If the embryo arrives at the uterus and tries to implant, these pills have altered the lining of the uterus so that the embryo cannot implant, and so the embryo dies. Thus the embryo can die on its way toward the uterus, as well as while within the uterus trying to implant (but is prevented by chemicals in Plan B). This constitutes an intended ABORTION of the new human being before he/she can implant in the uterus. This is actually acknowledged by the manufacturer of Plan B One-Step, Barr Pharmaceuticals, on their website:
as of April 27, 2013
How does Plan B One-Step® work?
Plan B One-Step® is one pill that has a higher dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone found in many birth control pills that healthcare professionals have been prescribing for several decades. Plan B One-Step® works in a similar way to help prevent pregnancy from happening. It works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. It is possible that Plan B One-Step® may also work by preventing fertilization of an egg (the uniting of the sperm with the egg) or by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus (womb).
How convenient of the “experts” and “others” to mis-define “pregnancy” as ONLY beginning at implantation -- especially since we’re not talking about “infertility” treatments at all -- at all. So how can the “expert” in the article below get away with lying by claiming that “pregnancy” begins with implantation and that Plan B is not abortifacient? You mean the FDA didn’t look it up? And why haven’t prolife and religious groups taken advantage of these accurate scientific facts to refute what such “experts” are claiming about Plan B? And why haven’t pro-choice women who are only looking for contraception but would NOT go further and allow the killing of their own unborn children spoken out? THESE ARE THE MORE INTERESTING QUESTIONS.
Want more objective scientific proof? Here you go:
“I’ll let you in on a secret. The term pre-embryo has been embraced wholeheartedly by IVF practitioners for reasons that are political, not scientific. The new term is used to provide the illusion that there is something profoundly different between a six-day-old embryo and a sixteen-day-old embryo. The term is useful in the political arena—where decisions are made about whether to allow early embryo experimentation—as well as in the confines of a doctor’s office where it can be used to allay moral concerns that might be expressed by IVF patients.” (Lee Silver, Remaking Eden: Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World, New York: Avon Books, 1997, p. 39.)
“Human pregnancy begins with the fusion of an egg and a sperm. (p. 3); ... finally, the fertilized egg, now properly called an embryo, must make its way into the uterus (p. 2) ...
[BRUCE M. CARLSON, Human Embryology and Developmental Biology (St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 1999)]
“ ... Fertilization is a series of events that begins when a sperm makes contact with an oocyte and ends with the intermingling of paternal (male) and maternal (female) chromosomes on the spindle at metaphase of the first mitotic division of the single cell. The events of fertilization require just over 24 hrs. to complete and normally takes place in the ampulla of the uterine tube [i.e., the fallopian tube, not the uterus].
[Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development, Stage One: http://www.medicalmuseum.mil/assets/documents/collections/hdac/stage01.pdf]
“Although life is a continuous process, fertilization ... is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is formed ... (p. 31). ...
Fertilization takes place normally in the ampulla (lateral end) of the uterine tube (p. 31). ... “The term ‘pre-embryo’ is not used here for the following reasons: (1) it is ill-defined because it is said to end with the appearance of the primitive streak or to include neurulation; (2) it is inaccurate because purely embryonic cells can already be distinguished after a few days, as can also the embryonic (not pre-embryonic!) disc; (3) it is unjustified because the accepted meaning of the word embryo includes all of the first 8 weeks; (4) it is equivocal because it may convey the erroneous idea that a new human organism is formed at only some considerable time after fertilization; and (5) it was introduced in 1986 ‘largely for public policy reasons’ (Biggers).” ... Just as postnatal age begins at birth, prenatal age begins at fertilization,” (p. 88).
[Ronan O’Rahilly and Fabiola Muller, Human Embryology & Teratology, 3rd ed. (New York: Wiley-Liss, 2001)]
“Human development is a continuous process that begins when an oocyte (ovum) from a female is fertilized by a sperm (or spermatozoon) from a male. (p. 2); ... but the embryo begins to develop as soon as the oocyte is fertilized. (p. 2); ... Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm ... unites with a female gamete or oocyte ... to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) ... The usual site of fertilization is the ampulla of the uterine tube [fallopian tube], its longest and widest part. If the oocyte is not fertilized here, it slowly passes along the tube to the uterus, where it degenerates and is resorbed. Although fertiization may occur in other parts of the tube, it does not occur in the uterus. ... Human development begins when an oocyte is fertilized.
[KEITH MOORE AND T.V.N. PERSAUD, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (6th ed. only) (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1998)]
"Inhibition of Implantation": The administration of relatively large doses of estrogens ("morning-after pills") for several days, beginning shortly after unprotected sexual intercourse, usually does not prevent fertilization but often prevents implantation of the blastocyst. Diethylstilbestrol, given daily in high dosage for 5 to 6 days, may also accelerate passage of the dividing zygote along the uterine tube (Kalant et al., 1990). Normally, the endometrium progresses to the secretory phase of the menstrual cycle as the zygote forms, undergoes cleavage, and enters the uterus. The large amount of estrogen disturbs the normal balance between estrogen and progesterone that is necessary for preparation of the endometrium for implantation of the blastocyst. Postconception administration of hormones to prevent implantation of the blastocyst is sometimes used in cases of sexual assault or leakage of a condom, but this treatment is contraindicated for routine contraceptive use. The "abortion pill" RU486 also destroys the conceptus by interrupting implantation because of interference with the hormonal environment of the implanting embryo. ... Postcoital birth control pills ("morning after pills") may be prescribed in an emergency (e.g., following sexual abuse). 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 "contraimplantation 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." (p. 532)
[KEITH L. MOORE and T. V. N. PERSAUD, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (6th ed. -- use this edition only)(Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1998), pp. 45, 58, 59, 532)]
But by whatever name you desire to give it, when Plan B and similar pills are used they can cause the death of an innocent human being residing either in the woman’s fallopian tube or in her uterus if fertilization has taken place. And that’s OK? Reaping the whirlwind. -- DNI]
May 1, 2013
FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15
This undated image made available by Teva Women's Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the "morning-after pill." The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline. On April 30, 2013, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription — and said it no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters. Instead, the pill can sit on drugstore shelves just like condoms, but that buyers would have to prove their age at the cash register. (AP Photo/Teva Women's Health)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.
Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they're 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered an end to those sales restrictions by next Monday.
But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a different approach: Plan B could sit on drugstore shelves next to condoms, spermicides or other women's health products — but to make the purchase, buyers must prove they're 15 or older at the cash register.
Manufacturer Teva Women's Health, which had applied for the compromise path, said it planned to make the switch in a few months.
The question is whether Tuesday's action settles the larger court fight. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York blasted the Obama administration for imposing the age-17 limit, saying it had let election-year politics trump science and were making it hard for women of any age to obtain emergency contraception in time for it to work.
The FDA said Tuesday's decision was independent of the court case and wasn't intended to address it. The Justice Department remained mum on whether it planned to appeal Korman's ruling by Monday's deadline, and the White House had no immediate comment.
The women's group that sued over the age limits said Tuesday's action is not enough, and it will continue the court fight if necessary.
Lowering the age limit "may reduce delays for some young women but it does nothing to address the significant barriers that far too many women of all ages will still find if they arrive at the drugstore without identification," said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The FDA said the Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code that prompts the cashier to verify a customer's age. Anyone who can't provide such proof as a driver's license, birth certificate or passport wouldn't be allowed to complete the purchase. In most states, driver's licenses, the most common form of identification, are issued at age 16.
"While an improvement over current policy, today's announcement is still disappointing," said Marcia D. Greenberger of the National Women's Law Center. "Because all women will be required to show an ID to establish their age, those without IDs could be denied access."
Other advocates called the move promising. "This decision is a step in the right direction for increased access to a product that is a safe and effective method of preventing unintended pregnancies," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. "It's also a decision that moves us closer to these critical availability decisions being based on science, not politics."
Social conservatives had opposed any efforts to loosen restrictions on sale of the morning-after pill, arguing that it was important for parents and medical professionals to be involved in such decisions involving young girls.
The group Concerned Women for America charged that health officials were putting politics and so-called progress ahead of the health of children as well as women.
"It makes no sense that kids need parental permission to take aspirin at school, but they're free to buy and administer Plan B," Penny Nance, CEO and president of CWA, said in a statement.
Half the nation's pregnancies every year are unintended, and doctors groups say more access to morning-after pills could cut those numbers. The pills contain higher doses of regular contraceptives and, if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can cut the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. But they work best if taken in the first 24 hours.
The FDA had been poised to lift all age limits and let Plan B be sold over the counter in late 2011, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in an unprecedented move, overruled her own scientists. Sebelius said some girls as young as 11 are physically capable of bearing children but shouldn't be able to buy the pregnancy-preventing pill on their own.
President Barack Obama supported Sebelius' move and a spokesman said the president's position hadn't changed.
The Justice Department could appeal Korman's ruling and seek a stay. If granted, the appeals process would move through the courts, while Plan B is sold over the counter whenever Teva has the product repackaged to meet the FDA's requirements.
Absent a stay, "we will want to go back to court as quickly as possible and ask the judge to hold them in contempt," said Janet Crepps, a senior counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The FDA said Tuesday that Teva had provided data proving that girls as young as 15 could understand how Plan B works and use it properly, without the involvement of a health care provider. Teva plans to conduct a consumer-education program and indicated it is willing to audit whether stores are following the age requirement, the agency said.
The FDA said its ruling applies only to Plan B One-Step, and not to generic versions of the pill, which would remain behind pharmacy counters with the age-17 restriction.
If a woman already is pregnant, the morning-after pill has no effect. It prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg. According to the medical definition, pregnancy doesn't begin until a fertilized egg implants itself into the wall of the uterus. Still, some critics say Plan B is the equivalent of an abortion pill because it may also be able to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus, a contention that many scientists — and Korman, in his ruling — said has been discredited.