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One more time…

Abortion. [uh-bawr-shuhn]

Contraception. [kon-truh-sep-shuhn]

These are not the same. Yet I’ve repeatedly seen claims that the HHS decision on contraceptive coverage requires religious employers to cover “abortifacients.”

Clearly, those opposed to the preventive services rule know they are on shaky ground when it comes to rallying their troops against contraception. After all, their troops are using the stuff en mass (but hopefully not in Mass). Ninety-eight percent of Catholics have used a form of contraception opposed by the Vatican. The “abortifacients” claim is based on the fact that the preventive services rule requires coverage for emergency contraception. Some still seem to think that EC causes an abortion. It does not. I repeat. It does not. If you don’t believe me, then turn to another source, like the Catholic Health Association.

Yes, the Catholic Health Association ran a four-part series in the January-February 2010 edition of its publication Catholic Health Progress addressing the ethics of providing EC to rape survivors. The subtitle of one of the articles definitively states, “Science shows [Plan B] is not an abortifacient.”  The FDA has most recently approved another type of emergency contraceptive, Ella, which can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. The drug cannot disrupt an established pregnancy so it too is a contraceptive, and not an abortifacient.

Enough with the deceptive tactics.

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Your Deceptive Tactics

You can't alter biology no matter how you'd like to spin it. Love those baseless Guttmacher numbers you throw out there, too. If, for sake of humoring your sham numbers, 98% of Catholics have used a form of contraception, it's OBVIOUSLY not hard to access or afford. Why not make dental services free? Or all cancer-related tests free? In the name of Prevention, shouldn't everything be "free"? BTW, that 98% "stat" is from Planned Parenthood-funded Guttmacher Institute who conjures up fake statistics to bolster taxpayer funded abortion & contraception. Using qualifiers like "established pregnancy" still denotes there is a pregnancy. The moment of conception is the determining factor. Preventing that pregnancy from naturally establishing itself on the uterine wall is an abortifacient...plain and simple. Who's playing with words here? The same abortion apologists who claim that 8 week old babies in utero are mere 'clumps of cells'. Nice try. The public's not buying your pseudoscience.

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