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New Study Finds Strong Evidence for Abortifacient Effect of Plan B “Emergency Contraception”
LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/28/07 | Dr. John B. Shea, MD. FRCP(C)

Posted on 05/28/2007 2:29:12 PM PDT by wagglebee

TORONTO, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a recent article in Fertility and Sterility R.T. Mikolajczyk and J.B. Stanford proposed a model experiment that estimated the effectiveness of the disruption of ovulation by Levonorgestrel used as an "emergency contraceptive," based on the prevention of fertilization.

They also demonstrated what was termed the "effectiveness" of levonorgestrel with or without "mechanisms acting after fertilization." If disruption of ovulation were the only significant mechanism of action of levonorgestrel, its "effectiveness" could not be much more than 50% if given immediately after intercourse. With delays in its administration, it would be substantially less.

This finding contrasts sharply with "effectiveness" rates reported in clinical trials, where rates as high as 95% are reported if administered within 24 hours after intercourse.

The authors suggest that mechanisms other than disruption of ovulation contribute to this "reduction of clinical pregnancy." Those mechanisms were said to include inhibition of sperm migration and reduction of sperm capacity for fertilization (both contraceptive mechanisms) and "mechanisms that act after fertilization," that is, prevent implantation of the embryo in the uterus.

That mechanism causes an abortion and does not "reduce clinical pregnancy." Only numbers can be reduced. The pregnancies are aborted, not reduced.

The word "effectiveness" is used by the authors in an ambiguous way. One meaning refers to disruption of ovulation, contraception, and the other refers to reduction in fecundity, but does not indicate whether this was the result of contraception, abortion, or both. This study does, however, provide strong evidence that levonorgestrel administered as an "emergency contraceptive" may act as an abortifacient.

The abstract can be found at:
http://www.fertstert.org/article/PIIS0015028206047327/abstra...



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortifacients; abortion; moralabsolutes; morningafterpill; planb; prolife
This study does, however, provide strong evidence that levonorgestrel administered as an "emergency contraceptive" may act as an abortifacient.

Which doesn't actually bother the proponents of Plan B at all, they just can't admit it publicly.

1 posted on 05/28/2007 2:29:16 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 05/28/2007 2:29:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 05/28/2007 2:30:19 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Related.
4 posted on 05/28/2007 2:35:31 PM PDT by upchuck (Who will support Fred Thompson? Anyone who enjoys a dose of common sense not wrapped in doublespeak.)
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To: wagglebee
...administered as an "emergency contraceptive" may act as an abortifacient.


5 posted on 05/28/2007 2:37:33 PM PDT by Petronski (Fred!)
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To: wagglebee
Which doesn't actually bother the proponents of Plan B at all, they just can't admit it publicly.

I agree. They just try to act like they care about that.

6 posted on 05/28/2007 2:52:09 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: wagglebee

As if we didn’t know. They could care less. Wait till they find out the new non-monthly pill is more of the same.
When will women wake up?


7 posted on 05/28/2007 2:57:00 PM PDT by AliVeritas (I see the men and women on the battlefield... where are the men and women here?)
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8 posted on 05/28/2007 3:29:05 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: wagglebee

Duh.


9 posted on 05/28/2007 3:33:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Is there any extra food around here anywhere?")
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To: MHGinTN

M,

You may be interested in this link:

http://www.fertstert.org/article/PIIS0015028206047327/abstra...

if you click on “RELATED ARTICLES” in the box at right it has more of same.


10 posted on 05/28/2007 3:36:21 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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Your link is not connecting for some reason. Try this one: http://www.fertstert.org/home located here.
11 posted on 05/28/2007 3:41:41 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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Sorry, the one at the end of the thread article worked for me. It takes you straight to article. I goofed when copying.
12 posted on 05/28/2007 3:47:31 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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13 posted on 05/28/2007 5:11:54 PM PDT by Coleus (Pray for our Troops)
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14 posted on 05/28/2007 6:39:10 PM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: wagglebee
Not news to anyone with a brain and even a minimal knowledge of conception. There is no way "Plan B" can effectively prevent pregnancies after intercourse without being an abortifacient since the most likely case for conception is that the egg is released before intercourse and conception occurs within hours of the act.

All the BS about it not being an abortifacient was an attempt to pull the wool over the public's eyes.

15 posted on 05/28/2007 7:19:47 PM PDT by etlib (No creature without tentacles has ever developed true intelligence)
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To: wagglebee

Are there any pills which lower androgens without being abortifacients?


16 posted on 05/28/2007 8:29:23 PM PDT by dangus
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To: etlib

Actually, conception doesn’t occur for about four days. But the trick is once the sperm and the egg are both present in the same location, and in no contact with the woman’s body, how does one prevent them from coming together?


17 posted on 05/28/2007 8:32:42 PM PDT by dangus
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Yes, by the way, I worded the question properly. I am not asking the question that some people may presume I am asking.


18 posted on 05/28/2007 8:37:06 PM PDT by dangus
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To: cgk

Thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 05/28/2007 8:46:00 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee

That does, and even some standard birth control can act as an abortaficient. Some use the idea that the ACOG defines pregnancy as beginning AFTER IMPLANTATION. However, LIFE ITSELF BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. It doesn’t bother the proponents of it like you said. Although, it must tug at their consciences because many won’t come out and admit, especially those who are pro-life in other aspects.


20 posted on 05/28/2007 11:23:17 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Hunter/Thompson)
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21 posted on 05/29/2007 4:15:05 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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The article doesn’t prove anything - it discusses a mathematical model, using a derived equation and “virtual” women, estimating pregnancy rates. In contrast, there’s good experimental data that the levonorgestrel-only protocol (Plan B) doesn’t act as an abortifacient, at all.

I blogged about this last week:
http://www.lifeethics.org/www.lifeethics.org/2007/05/virtual-science-vs-actual.html

I have the articles, and can email them, if anyone wants to read the evidence.


22 posted on 05/29/2007 8:00:46 PM PDT by hocndoc (http://www.lifeethics.org/www.lifeethics.org/index.html)
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To: hocndoc

If you don’t mind, I’ll trust pro-life sources.


23 posted on 05/29/2007 8:04:13 PM PDT by Petronski (Fred!)
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To: hocndoc

Let me put it another way, Bev: let me know when your blog is published with dignity equal to the article quoted above.


24 posted on 05/29/2007 8:08:33 PM PDT by Petronski (Fred!)
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I’ll be glad to send you the article in question by the Drs. Mikolajczyk and Stanford, as well as the articles by two other research groups that discuss serial labs, ultrasounds, and biopsies that show why and how the Plan B protocols work.

Truth, as evidence by two separate labs working independently, not to mention animal experimentation, is always pro-life.

? Or, were you implying that I’m not pro-life?


25 posted on 05/29/2007 8:12:52 PM PDT by hocndoc (http://www.lifeethics.org/www.lifeethics.org/index.html)
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I’m implying that I place my trust where I place it. You yourself admit there’s no evidence Plan B does not act as an abortifacient. You’ll excuse me if I don’t trust a blog called BioEthics.anything or anyone critiquing the nature of Plan B with arguments as facile as yours.


26 posted on 05/29/2007 8:16:22 PM PDT by Petronski (Fred!)
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Ach!

You yourself admit there’s no evidence Plan B does not act as an abortifacient.

Should read:

You yourself admit there’s no PROOF Plan B does not act as an abortifacient.

27 posted on 05/29/2007 8:22:01 PM PDT by Petronski (Fred!)
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However, there *is* quite a bit of evidence that Plan B is not abortifacient in ovulating women, not virtual women.

My discussion is not “facile.” I have given the information quite a bit of study and I’ve discussed it with experts. I resigned the AMA for years over their advocacy for making Plan B over the counter. I’ve repeatedly stood to counter other similar medical association advocacy.- before and after we had the current level of evidence. I really don’t like the fact that Plan B is available to men and that there are so many other medical health issues other than pregnancy in the very women to whom this protocol is sold.

The first ethical problem is that recommending Plan B encourages the idea that abortion would be okay if Plan B “fails.” We need to underscore the fact that none of our children are to be killed, then we can discuss avoiding fertilization.

But that doesn’t mean that anyone should try to find “proof” where there isn’t any.

As to the medical decisions, those of us who are pro-life are awaiting even more evidence from more women before we recommend the protocols, but the evidence is strong, with the serial ultrasounds, serum and urine hormone tests, and confirmation of a lack of measurable endometrial effect that could impair implantation.

Proof in medical research is hard to come by. In this case, there can’t be proof until we study the protocol in women who are actually “at risk” of becoming pregnant and in whom fertilization is proven. A research protocol similar to Durand’s would be unethical because the biopsies would place the babies at risk.

The Durand protocol is especially ethical because the group only studied women whose tubes were tied. That study is available for free, online at
http://bvs.insp.mx/temas/pildora/LarreaECinContraception2001v64p227.pdf

A study by Croxatto’s group in South America is problematic in that some of the women used IUD’s, which I believe can themselves be abortifacient and which would affect the endometrium. However, it yields corroborating evidence that the mode of action is interference with ovulation, motility of sperm, or fertilization.


28 posted on 05/29/2007 9:11:52 PM PDT by hocndoc (http://www.lifeethics.org/www.lifeethics.org/index.html)
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To: hocndoc

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 05/29/2007 10:41:32 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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