Please vote against the fringe

Aol News and U.S.News and World Report both have polls up regarding the proposed HHS rule that defines a fertilized egg as a human being, mistakenly equates some forms of birth control as abortion, and supports health care practitioners who want to work in a field in which they can refuse birth control to people.

(What’s wrong with radiology, right wing docs and nurses? Oncology? WWJD? Wouldn’t He choose infectious disease? What about the lepers? Get out of family practice and ob/gyn if you don’t support birth control, a health care decision that 98% of women will choose at least once in their reproductive years.)

Anyway, I know they are just unscientific polls, but those are both large media conglomerates. The numbers are overwhelmingly supportive of a women’s right to choose birth control and discouraging this ridiculous definition. I hope the results are used throughout the AOL and USN&WR universe.

(Hat tip, RH Reality Check)


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4 responses to “Please vote against the fringe

  1. It’s all in the definitions. Planned Parenthood has acknowledged for years that hormonal birth control may prevent implantation of an embryo. There is still a huge divide in the pro-life community over this issue, with perhaps the majority holding to the position that hormonal birth control is not abortive.

    I don’t think that Dr.s in private practice should be required to prescribe any medication that they have an objection to–but they should make such objections clear to patients BEFORE the patient spends time/money on an appointment. I went to a family physician some years back that had a list of about 10 medications on the wall that the practice would not prescribe–diet meds and Ritalin being on the list (diet meds because of the medical dangers, Ritalin because they felt those should only be prescribed by phsycologists).

    Life used to be described as starting at conception. It was in the 1970’s that definitions changed to where life was defined as starting with implantation.

  2. You say in another post:

    “My reproductive physiology teacher estimated that less than 10% of fertilized eggs implant.”

    I have to wonder about the basis of this estimate? Because I estimate that EVERY time I’ve had unprotected sex during my fertile period I’ve ended up pregnant. And once while using a condom that didn’t break, and once while using spermicide.

    I understand that I’m a bit of a “fertile Myrtle,” but my foster parents report the same experience. My understanding is that it takes the average couple (that doesn’t have infertility issues–which affects what, about 1 in 6 couples?) 6 months of unprotected sex to have an established pregnancy…I wouldn’t expect conception to occur every month of those 6, so a 9 out of 10 “missed miscarriage” rate seems VERY high.

    I’m now on my 6th pregnancy, just one miscarriage. Which jives with stats I’ve heard of a miscarriage rate of 20%, not the 30% you then mentioned.

  3. MomTFH

    Well, a fertilized egg that does not implant is not a miscarriage. A miscarriage is a loss of an established pregnancy. If the egg does not implant, there is no pregnancy, and therefore no miscarriage. Yes, the miscarriage (i.e. spontaneous abortion) rate is estimated to be at about 20 to 30 percent.

    Implantation rates are estimated to be very low, based on a greater research base than one person. Your personal physiology may obviously be different. And, if you have been pregnant six times, that leaves almost five years of reproductive life in which you could not get pregnant, or pass fertilized eggs without getting pregnant from unprotected sex, since you were already pregnant and not releasing eggs. One person’s experience does not explain general physiology, and your case would be an exceptionally poor example, considering your six pregnancies.

    As for refusing to prescribe, I agree that private practitioners can decide to refuse to prescribe meds for health reasons, which is the situation you described. I do not think people who refuse to prescribe or dispense birth control for non health reasons should be guaranteed federally funded health care positions in the front lines of serving the underserved.

  4. MomTFH

    Oh, and as for pregnancy and the pill and arguing over the definition of pregnancy, I disagree that any authoritative medical group defines pregnancy (or “life”, for that matter) as beginning at conception rather than implantation. If you argue that it was defined as such before the 70’s, please provide the definition, the authority behind the definition, and the date. We have a much more comprehensive idea of medicine, physiology, and genetics 40 years later, and if it is actually true that this definition has changed, I would think it would be because it is a more medically accurate definition, but I am guessing this is just propaganda you found.

    You may not have read the link I had up from the self described pro-life ob/gyn who explains how unlikely it is that an egg gets fertilized while a woman is on birth control pills. I find it hard to believe Planned Parenthood has acknowledged what you say, (again with no link), since they are pretty well informed and would know that embryos do not implant. That is a term for a later stage of development than implantation, which occurs at the blastosphere stage.

    Birth control overwhelmingly prevents fertilized eggs from being passed (as evidenced by the lack of ectopic pregnancies while on oral birth control), so if this is something you find distasteful, birth control pills seem to be a great way to prevent it.

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