Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Maybe they'll accept the science if we provided definitions

I've said it before, but maybe if a guy who specializes in contraceptive research at the one of the country's foremost reproductive health institutes says it, people will finally understand. Med Students interested in OB/GYN & Reproductive Endocrinology don't consider moving to Norfolk for the Seafood, they go because they want to train at the Jones Institute.
"The pervasive myth out there is that emergency contraception is an abortifacient," said Dr. David Archer, director of clinical research at the Contraceptive Research and Development Program of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

"But there's no evidence scientifically that that's true."

For one thing, Archer points out, emergency contraception generally doesn't work if taken after a woman has ovulated.

The medical establishment--including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists--holds that emergency contraceptives prevent pregnancy. Abortifacients such as RU-486 terminate pregnancies.
Archer's focus of research is mechanisms & control of endometrial bleeding, so I'm guessing he'd know about things that induce sloughing of an endometrial lining hence inducing abortion where implantation has occured as well as when conception has occured by implantation has not.

Get it abortifacients cause abortion which is defined as:

    • Termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or of a fetus that is incapable of survival.
    • Any of various procedures that result in such termination and expulsion. Also called induced abortion.
  1. The premature expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus; a miscarriage.
  2. Cessation of normal growth, especially of an organ or other body part, prior to full development or maturation.
  3. An aborted organism.
  4. Something malformed or incompletely developed; a monstrosity.
Contraceptives prevent conception or impregnation through the use of various devices, agents, drugs, sexual practices, or surgical procedures.


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