USA slips further into the past: contraception now == abortion!?!

This is pissing me off oh so very much. I don’t agree with late term abortion in any way, and I’m a bit waffly about early term abortion. But to call contraception abortion crosses the boundary into ridiculous and offensive. And to deny a woman access to birth control because she’s “aborting” a potential birth is irresponsible in the extreme.

HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion

“Up until now, the federal government followed the definition of pregnancy accepted by the American Medical Association and our nation’s pregnancy experts, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which is: pregnancy begins at implantation. With this proposal, however, HHS is dismissing medical experts and opting instead to accept a definition of pregnancy based on polling data. It now claims that pregnancy begins at some biologically unknowable moment (there’s no test to determine if a woman’s egg has been fertilized). Under these new standards there would be no way for a woman to prove she’s not pregnant. Thus, any woman could be denied contraception under HHS’ new science.”

8 thoughts on “USA slips further into the past: contraception now == abortion!?!

  • Anonymous

    Late Term Abortion

    FYI: Late term abortions makes up about 1/10th of 1% of all abortions, and are only performed if the woman’s life or health is in danger and/or there are severe fetal abnormalities that the fetus will die from during the pregnancy or shortly after birth.

    No woman just “changes her mind” at 7 months, and no doctor would perform a late-term on her unless there were specific health reasons to do so. As of now there are only a few doctors/clinics in the country that will even perform late-term abortions. This anti-choice myth that women are just farting along and BAM!…electing to abort their pregnancy in the third trimester is completely ludicrous.

    Outlawing or opposing this procedure does nothing but put women in danger.

    • Re: Late Term Abortion

      I’m not against the procedure if it’s done to save the mother or for other serious medical reasons. You have a point, though. A woman doesn’t get tired of the whole thing 6 months in and decide to end it (and if she does, no sane doctor would help her to that end.)

  • Good for you, Kat! Give ’em heck!

  • Not everyone is Catholic…

    … and neither should the U.S. gov’t be. I’m against most abortion, but for the right of the woman to make the decision. Regarding the Dubya administration’s perversion of science on SO many areas, I can only hope the next president doesn’t take too long to return things to reality.

    • Re: Not everyone is Catholic…

      That’s just it, though! The next president shouldn’t have to spend his full first term reversing all the bad decisions of the previous president!

      • Re: Not everyone is Catholic…

        I agree wholeheartedly. All I can do is work at getting a third party viable and try to keep the Republican party out of office unless they return to their more Libertarian, truly less gov’t in your face approach. They no longer do what they profess to advocate, plus many of them are just f’ing nuts lately.

  • You are entitled to an opinion

    because you possess a vagina and a uterus (though I can only testify to the former :-), where I am not…

    but let me point out that a) the Catholic Church has made this assertion for decades, and b) *nobody* is “pro-abortion”.

    This is a recording.

    • Re: You are entitled to an opinion

      I totally agree that “pro-abortion” is a fictitious stance. Nobody is actually out to kill babies.

      The Catholic Church is allowed to believe whatever it wants. It’s a religion. It can believe the earth was created by a supreme being and populated by two original humans. Governments and scientific/health organizations, on the other hand, should uphold scientific standards for their citizens.

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