Wednesday, December 17, 2003

"I would say this is the safest product that has been brought before us."

So, there exists a drug which, if taken up to 72 hours after sex, reduces the risk of pregnancy by 80%. The drug is so safe that two advisory panels of the Food and Drug Administration have overwhelmingly recommended approval for over the counter sale. Should its use become widespread, the drug would prevent hundreds of thousands of abortions every year.

How do opponents respond?

"The pills act to prevent pregnancy by aborting a child," said Judie Brown, American Life League head.

With deceit, as expected.

The drug doesn't act to prevent pregnancy by "aborting a child"; it acts to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation, fertilization, and implantation, the last of which marks the beginning of pregnancy. It is impossible to end what never began, so it is simply false to say that the drug causes abortion.

But this is what they do: lie. They lie about the risks of pregnancy, they lie about the risks of abortion, they lie about the necessity of abortion procedures, they lie about the efficacy of contraception - they simply lie.

George Bush is one of them. Let's see how his administration responds to this recommendation: will it choose the lie, and deny approval for over the counter sale, or will it choose the truth, and grant approval?