By Steven Ertelt
The FDA has changed the label associated with the Plan B pills that have been used for years as “emergency contraception” after sex.
Otherwise known as a “morning after pill,” so-called emergency contraception pills (levonorgestrel, also known as “Plan B,” “Plan B One-Step,” “Next Choice” and the “morning-after pill”) are different from the mifepristone abortion pill commonly used to kill a baby in an abortion. While the abortion pill always destroys the life of a unique human being weeks or months after conception, Plan B is only sometimes abortifacient.
The current language about the Plan B bill notes, “Plan B One-Step is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization (by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or ova). In addition, it may inhibit implantation (by altering the endometrium).”
In other words, the drug may prevent a living, developing human embryo from implanting in the womb, thus ending the life of the embryo.That means it can possibly act as an abortion pill killing the baby. Because that information is a key concern for any women with pro-life conscience concerns, it must be presented to allow women fully informed consent in making their medical choices.
Yet, instead of providing women accurate information about the nature of the drug, the FDA is hiding the abortifacient nature of it. And the new information is patently false and contradicts what the agency has said for many years.
“Plan B One-Step will not work if a person is already pregnant, meaning it will not affect an existing pregnancy,” the FDA said in a release. “Evidence does not support that the drug affects implantation or maintenance of a pregnancy after implantation, therefore it does not terminate a pregnancy.”
The FDA said since Plan B prevents pregnancy by acting on ovulation, “well before implantation,” it does not cause abortions.
Even the maker of the drug has, for years, informed women of its abortifacient possibility. Plan B’s own packaging warns that the drug may destroy a newly conceived human being: “This product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation).”
Dr. Donna Harrison, an OBGYN who heads a national organization of OBGYNs, explains how the Plan B pill could cause an abortion.
“Plan B is a progestin, a type of progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that must be in a woman’s body for her to be able to allow the embryo to implant and develop the placental connections between the embryo and the mother. But Plan B is a very large dose of progesterone, higher than the woman’s body would normally make. It is the effect of that high dose which is under debate<‘ she explained.
“In point of fact, any drug which can act to prevent pregnancy after a woman has ovulated must have some post-fertilization effect. Whether it kills the embryo directly, or prevents the embryo from traveling down the tube, or prevents the embryo from implanting, or interferes with ovarian function, or increases immune rejection of the embryo, or directly destroys the placenta, some mechanism must be in place to interfere with the normal embryo functioning and then kill the living embryo,” Harrison continued.
She concludes: “And, because some physicians and scientists stubbornly adhere to the principles of Hippocratic medicine, and refuse to give a drug which will kill one of their patients (the human embryo), and may harm the other (the mother) the controversy will not go away.”
Pro-life groups also have pointed to comments from the maker of the drug and additional studies showing that the morning after pill may act as an abortion agent in some cases, terminating the life of a unique human being hours after conception.
There is evidence that other birth control drugs and devices, including the IUD and ella, also may cause an abortion very early in pregnancy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health basically admitted as much on its website in 2014: “It [sic – If] fertilization does occur, the IUD keeps the fertilized egg from implanting in the lining of the uterus.” A fertilized egg is already a living human being with his/her own unique DNA.
The FDA originally approved the morning after pill at the end of the Clinton administration in 1999 and, in 2006, it was approved for nonprescription use for women 18 and older. It was approved for sale to teenagers in 2013.