The Capital Times March 10, 1997
Lying about contraception
- by Suzanne Abdalla
Verbal manipulation is a powerful yet subtle tool often used to hide ugly truths. Ruthless people in every age have used verbal chicanery and faulty logic to obscure the evil they've done -- our age, of course, being no exception. The abortion rights lobby is certainly no stranger to verbal sleight of hand; in fact, it has developed a truly magnificent magic trick! It has made abortions disappear -- not by stopping the killing, of course -- but with a slight manipulation of a few key words. Abortion rights forces hope against hope that if they stop using the word ``abortion, '' the public will think that abortions are no longer happening. And then abortion opponents will go away, right?
One of the abortion rights movement's most commonly misused terms is ``conception.'' According to the American Heritage Dictionary, ``conception'' is ``the formation of a zygote.'' Likewise, the definition of fertilization is ``the process in which two gametes unite to form a zygote.'' According to the dictionary, then, ``conception'' and ``fertilization'' mean basically the same thing. Not so for the abortion rights advocates, who feel free to use the word ``conception'' as if it means ``implantation'' -- the point at which the fertilized egg implants itself into the uterus. That's exactly what is being done in the debate over the Food and Drug Administration's recent decision that ``morning after pills'' can be safely used as a form of so-called ``emergency contraception.' ' The fact that these morning-after pills destroy a newly formed, unique human being has fallen prey to this verbal manipulation.
When a mother's egg and a father's sperm unite, amazing things happen. The new human life has inherited 23 chromosomes from each parent. There is now a complex genetic blueprint for every detail of human development -- the child's sex, hair and eye color, skin tone, and so much more! All of this happens at fertilization -- not at implantation.
Why would abortion rights advocates play such a verbal trick? The redefinition of this one key word has given them license to lie to millions of women by telling them that the birth control pill, Norplant, Depo-Provera, and other such chemicals do not cause abortions.
The truth -- according to medical science as well as the pharmaceutical companies that make the products -- is that chemical birth control methods can, and do, cause abortions. How does this deception work? Since according to the pro-abortion community, ``conception'' now means ``implantation,'' contraception (against conception) is anything that works before the newly fertilized egg implants in the uterus. By this definition, the birth control pill is acting as a contraceptive when it (according to a pill manufacturer) ``makes the womb (uterus) less receptive to any fertilized egg that reaches it.''
The birth control pill can act as an abortifacient -- it can kill human life -- but is falsely labeled a contraceptive.
More evidence of this charade can be found on the Internet as well. An emergency contraception Web site asks the question, ``Does use of emergency contraception cause an abortion?'' And the mystifying answer? ``No.
Medical science defines the beginning of pregnancy as the implantation of a fertilized egg in the lining of a woman's uterus. Implantation occurs 5-7 days after fertilization. Emergency contraceptives work before implantation and not after a woman is already pregnant.''
Human life, according to medical science and logic, begins at fertilization, not implantation. Anti-abortion people are concerned that tiny human babies are being destroyed by chemicals like the ``morning-after pill, '' and birth control pill, Norplant and Depo-Provera, before they have a chance to implant in the womb and continue growing.
And that's something that women have a right to know.
Suzanne Abdalla is the outreach director of Pro-Life Wisconsin.