People Are Freaking Out About The Plan B Ruling Because They Still Can’t Understand It’s Not An ‘Abortion’ Pill
Yesterday the federal government told a judge it will reverse courseÂ and take steps to comply with his order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions. This is excellent news for basically everyone because this means if you have unprotected sex, are raped, have contraception failure, or if you just don’t want to be pregnant – you don’t have to be. Unwanted pregnancies are not a good thing! Especially for women. But that doesn’t stop a whole lost of people from being all cranky about this news because they just don’t understand science and they keep calling Plan B THE ABORTION PILL. Because, ya know, science is just that much of a pain in the ass to understand.
Plan B does not cause abortions. Plan B does not cause abortions. Plan B does not cause abortions. It prevents pregnancy before fertilization. It does not cause an abortion.
It seems really simple right? Plan B will cause abortions only if women are not able to get access to Plan B, and then they feel their only recourse is to have an abortion. Not having access to Plan B will also cause unwanted pregnancies. An exhaustive and well-researched article in the New York Times from over a year ago explained this pretty simply:
But an examination by The New York Times has found that the federally approved labels and medical Web sites do not reflect what the science shows. Studies have not established that emergency contraceptive pills prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb, leading scientists say. Rather, the pills delay ovulation, the release of eggs from ovaries that occurs before eggs are fertilized, and some pills also thicken cervical mucus so sperm have trouble swimming.
So for all the people wringing their hands and clutching their pearls on twitter, they shouldn’t be pissed off because this pill “causes abortion” – they should be pissed off because Plan B delays ovulation. And thickens cervical mucus. But I guess calling it the PLAN B DELAYING OVULATION pill isn’t as catchy or as fear-mongering as using the word “abortion.”
And I had to throw this one in here, because speculating on the sexual lives of two the President’s daughters is just so damn classy:
None of us want our young kids having sex until they are emotionally and mentally ready. We all want our kids having sex when they are prepared to deal with any consequences that arise from having sex. We want all the sex to be happy and fun and safe and consensual. But you know what? Shit happens, and I’m sorry, but I’m thrilled about this news, and I feel as Cecile Richards, The President Of Planned Parenthood does:
This is a huge breakthrough for access to birth control and aÂ historic moment for womenâ€™s health and equity.
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