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"Preventing" pregnancy?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 17, 2003

The morning-after pill prevents pregnancy, the media keep telling us. But every now and then somebody varies from the prepared script and exposes the truth.

Take today's New York Times, for example. The front-page story begins by saying that the morning-after pill is intended "to prevent unplanned pregnancies." But just two paragraphs down, it slips out that the pill is used "when regular contraception either fails or is skipped."

Contraception is designed to prevent pregnancy, right? So when "regular conception fails," what happens? Pregnancy.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 17, 2003 2:51 PM ET USA

    The article also had this mind-bending observation about the Plan B pill: "While it usually acts by preventing ovulation, it also may prevent a fertilized egg from implanting. Those who believe that pregnancy begins with fertilization say the pills in doing this can induce abortions." Huh? There's another way to get pregnant rather than by fertilization? What could that be - toilet seats...?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 17, 2003 2:35 PM ET USA

    "to prevent unplanned pregnancies." Ah yes. Let's turn that around so its a little more, how shall we say?, naked? "to assist unplanned fornication and adultery". Yes, that's much clearer in the cold light of day isn't it? Have a nice one.