Refreshing candor on abortion

Published on February 2nd, 2012

By Kathleen M. Gallagher

Yesterday’s headlines were filled with the news that Pfizer was recalling a million packets of birth control pills because of a defect that could lead to unintended pregnancies. In case you missed it, Ann Curry of NBC’s Today Show interviewed a physician about the situation, one Dr. Keri Peterson, described as an internist and contributor to Women’s Health magazine. When asked what options there are for women who have been using the defective pills, Dr. Peterson suggested the use of other forms of birth control and, if a woman thinks she’s pregnant, there are “over-the-counter termination kits available.”  (Read the transcript here.)

I can only assume she means the so-called “morning-after pill,” which the FDA classifies as a method of “contraception.” Abortion advocates scoff at the pro-life community when we dare to suggest that these drugs can act as an early abortion by preventing an already-conceived embryo from implanting in the uterine wall. But now we have a medical expert calling these pills a “termination kit.” Great. I welcome her honesty. It may sound harsh and insensitive, but that’s what abortion is – the termination of a developing human life.  Let’s at least be frank in telling it like it is.

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