New Development in the Controversy Over the Morning After Pill

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

Jamie League works everyday to ensure young girls don't end up pregnant.
League says she doesn't encourage girls to use the pill as a method of birth control. But, she does believe it should be available.

"I think it would be awful for those who don't have parents to go to, to tell them that they need it and it could result in a pregnancy," says Jamie League, Coordinator, Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

But on the other side, some say the morning after pill would only encourage teenagers to engage in promiscuous behavior and that parents should be involved.

"Kids have to have permission to go on a field trip, to take an aspirin if they have a headache and its just absurd to think that we wouldn't want guidance on a decision such as this," says Rick Miller, youth pastor, Staunton Alliance Church.

Miller considers the pill a non-surgical form of abortion and says society today gives teens a false sense of security.

"They can go out and act however they want and next morning simply get up and take a pill," says Miller.

They can go out and act however they want and the next morning simply get up and take a pill.

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Emergency Contraception: The Morning-After Pill

What is it?

Emergency contraception (also known as the morning-after pill) is a high dosage of the birth control pill. It is recommended to be used after sexual intercourse, over a period of 72 hours, to achieve the goal of preventing or ending pregnancy. There are three different ways birth control pills are currently being promoted for this use: progesterone alone, estrogen alone, or both of these artificial steroids together.
These are the same steroids found in the typical birth control pill.

Where did this idea come from?

The idea of emergency contraception, or a morning-after pill, is based on a theory. Under this theory, if a woman has sexual intercourse and fears she may be pregnant, she can take large doses of birth control pills. If in fact the woman is pregnant when she takes these birth control pills, the high dosage could act to kill her preborn child-a living human being. The only "emergency" in this case is the woman's fear of being pregnant.
There is no such thing as a specific morning-after pill, but rather double doses (or more) of existing birth control pills. Though no testing has been done to confirm the safety of these large doses of birth control pills for women, the Food and Drug Administration has approved this use.

How do emergency contraception/morning-after pills work?

The emergency contraceptive/morning-after pill has three possible ways in which it can work:

1.Ovulation is inhibited, meaning the egg will not be released;
2.The normal menstrual cycle is altered, delaying ovulation; or
3.It can irritate the lining of the uterus so that if the first and second actions fail, and the woman does become pregnant, the tiny baby boy or girl will die before he or she can actually attach to the lining of the uterus.

In other words, if the third action occurs, her body rejects the tiny baby and he or she will die. This is called a chemical abortion. Abortion is an act of direct killing that takes the life of a tiny human being-a life that begins at fertilization.

Is it safe?
Here are some of the side effects:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • infertility
  • breast tenderness
  • ectopic pregnancy-can be life threatening
  • blood clot formation

Emergency contraception also offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS. There are no long term studies to show whether women will be permanently damaged, or risk such diseases as cancer, from these chemicals being given in such high doses.

Sources:
"A Consumer's Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs," by pharmacist/researcher John Wilks.

"Infant Homicides Through Contraceptives," by pharmacist Bogomir Kuhar; 2nd edition, 1995.

Medical consultant: Stephen Spaulding, M.D. Dr. Spaulding is a board-certified family practitioner whose writings have appeared in a variety of medical journals.

Source: http://www.morningafterpill.org/mapinfo1.htm contributed to this information.


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