The Morning-After Pill Can Destroy Life, Doesn't Protect Against STDs, FRC Says

'A Major, if Not Dominant, Mechanism of the Morning-After Pill is The

Destruction of a Human Life Already Conceived - That is Abortion, Not

Contraception,' FRC's Teresa Wagner Says



May 01, 2001, 01:00 ET from Family Research Council

    WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The new head of the American College of
 Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Thomas Purdon, proposed Monday
 that the nation's 40,000 OB/GYNs routinely offer advance prescriptions for the
 morning-after pill to their patients.  The morning after pill, also mistakenly
 called "emergency contraception," can be taken up to 72 hours after
 intercourse.  While it can prevent ovulation and therefore act as a true
 contraceptive, it can also destroy a human life already conceived by
 preventing that life from embedding in the mother's womb.
     "A major, if not dominant, mechanism of the morning-after pill is the
 destruction of a human life already conceived.  FRC's Life Policy Analyst
 Teresa Wagner says, "In failing to inform the public of this function, ACOG is
 deliberately misleading Americans, which is a gross violation of medical
 ethics (not to mention honesty).
     "Unfortunately, some groups within the medical profession are aiding the
 abortion industry by deliberately toying with the terminology of pregnancy:
 They falsely claim that pregnancy begins upon implantation of the embryonic
 human being in the uterus, rather than at the time of fertilization when the
 life is created," Wagner explains.
     In December of 2000, the American Medical Association House of Delegates
 unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Food and Drug Administration
 to consider making the morning-after pill available over-the-counter.
 According to the Associated Press, uncertainty about this status prompted ACOG
 to push the advance prescription plan.
     "The attempt to change the status of the morning-after pill from
 prescription to over the counter is both immoral, since the pill can act to
 destroy the human life already conceived, and medically irresponsible, since
 over-the-counter status makes routine and repeated use more likely, with no
 safeguards for contraindications or complications," says Mrs. Wagner.
     "In addition, the medical profession has a special responsibility to
 protect Americans from sexually transmitted diseases.  The morning-after pill
 not only does not guard against these devastating conditions, it actually
 aggravates the situation by accepting -- and, in effect, -- promoting
 promiscuity -- the cause of the STD explosion, as well as the well known
 social problems of out of wedlock pregnancy and illegitimacy.  We expect more
 from our doctors than collaboration with abortion advocates!"
 
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    WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The new head of the American College of
 Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Thomas Purdon, proposed Monday
 that the nation's 40,000 OB/GYNs routinely offer advance prescriptions for the
 morning-after pill to their patients.  The morning after pill, also mistakenly
 called "emergency contraception," can be taken up to 72 hours after
 intercourse.  While it can prevent ovulation and therefore act as a true
 contraceptive, it can also destroy a human life already conceived by
 preventing that life from embedding in the mother's womb.
     "A major, if not dominant, mechanism of the morning-after pill is the
 destruction of a human life already conceived.  FRC's Life Policy Analyst
 Teresa Wagner says, "In failing to inform the public of this function, ACOG is
 deliberately misleading Americans, which is a gross violation of medical
 ethics (not to mention honesty).
     "Unfortunately, some groups within the medical profession are aiding the
 abortion industry by deliberately toying with the terminology of pregnancy:
 They falsely claim that pregnancy begins upon implantation of the embryonic
 human being in the uterus, rather than at the time of fertilization when the
 life is created," Wagner explains.
     In December of 2000, the American Medical Association House of Delegates
 unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Food and Drug Administration
 to consider making the morning-after pill available over-the-counter.
 According to the Associated Press, uncertainty about this status prompted ACOG
 to push the advance prescription plan.
     "The attempt to change the status of the morning-after pill from
 prescription to over the counter is both immoral, since the pill can act to
 destroy the human life already conceived, and medically irresponsible, since
 over-the-counter status makes routine and repeated use more likely, with no
 safeguards for contraindications or complications," says Mrs. Wagner.
     "In addition, the medical profession has a special responsibility to
 protect Americans from sexually transmitted diseases.  The morning-after pill
 not only does not guard against these devastating conditions, it actually
 aggravates the situation by accepting -- and, in effect, -- promoting
 promiscuity -- the cause of the STD explosion, as well as the well known
 social problems of out of wedlock pregnancy and illegitimacy.  We expect more
 from our doctors than collaboration with abortion advocates!"
 
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