The aversion of a large contingent of the pro-life movement on a critical point has allowed pro-aborts to slither us down a colossal slippery slope.
That contingent has refused to engage on the fact that hormonal contraceptives and the intrauterine device may cause abortions by obstructing days-old embryos from implanting in the uterus.
Tolerance or even acceptance of the Pill and IUDs has allowed the other side to get away with misleading women for over 30 years by saying these don’t cause abortions – by saying pregnancy doesn’t commence until the embryo implants.
This led to the FDA’s approval in 1998 of “emergency contraceptives” – megadoses of the Pill – maintaining they don’t cause abortions, either. In fact, they are even more likely to cause abortions than regular use of the Pill, since emergency contraceptives can be taken up to three days after unprotected sex, and sperm can reach egg as quickly as 15-30 minutes.
This is now leading to the FDA’s approval of the French “emergency contraceptive” drug Ella – also maintaining it doesn’t cause abortions. In fact, it is even more likely than hormonal emergency contraceptives to do so, since Ella can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex and is chemically similar to the abortion pill RU-486. Both are known to be “embryotoxic.”
Now we learn of the next slither down the slope. Reuters reported this week:
A copper intrauterine device was 100-percent effective at emergency contraception in a study of almost 2000 Chinese women who had the device implanted up to five days after unprotected sex. …
“It is by far the best emergency-contraceptive option,” [said] Dr. James Trussell, who studies birth-control methods at Princeton University. … “But many people just don’t know about it.”
I was one. Further news to me, again from Reuters:
On its women’s health site, the Department of Health and Human Services lists intrauterine devices as a valid form of emergency contraception.
What should alarm pro-lifers is the likelihood that IUDs inserted postcoitally are most likely to cause abortions.
A study published in the December 2002 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology entitled, “Mechanisms of action of intrauterine devices: Update and estimation of postfertilization effects,” concluded:
The possible prefertilization mechanisms of action of the IUD include … inhibition of sperm migration and viability at the level of the cervix, endometrium and tube; slowing or speeding the transport of the ovum [egg] through the fallopian tube; and damage to or destruction of the ovum before fertilization. …
The possible postfertilization mechanisms of action of the IUD include … slowing or speeding the transport of the early embryo through the fallopian tube, damage to or destruction of the early embryo before it reaches the uterus and prevention of implantation.
Because we’re talking about inserting an IUD as late as five days after unprotected sex, the likelihood is great its foremost action will be to abort.
But insertion of IUDs after unprotected sex as an “emergency contraceptive” isn’t stopping at five days.
The international group Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium recommends IUD insertion as an emergency contraceptive up to seven days after unprotected sex.
And abortion mills like the Orlando Women’s Center are marketing IUDs as emergency contraceptives “up to day 12 of the cycle with no restrictions,” according to World Health Organization guidelines.
It is certain that IUD insertion on days seven through 12 will cause abortions if conception has occurred.
According to the aforementioned Dr. Trussell, whose title is professor of economics and public affairs and director, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, and who co-authored a June 2010 paper entitled, “Emergency Contraception: A last chance to prevent unintended pregnancy”:
Implantation [of the embryo in the uterus] occurs six to 12 days following ovulation. …
Its very high effectiveness implies that emergency insertion of a copper IUD must be able to prevent pregnancy after fertilization.
But because of the slippery slope, the abortion of a nearly 2-week-old human won’t be called an abortion.
Mark my words that unless pro-lifers engage on the topic of abortion via hormonal contraception and IUDs, there will be more slithering down the slope.