Study: All Emergency Contraceptives Can Cause Abortions

By Barbara Hollingsworth | January 21, 2014 | 10:38am EST


The Walgreens on King Street in Alexandria, Va. has the Plan B First-Step abortion-inducing drug near the pharmacy. ( Starr)

( –  Any discussion of Obamacare’s “contraception mandate” must include the fact that the most commonly used emergency contraceptives “can cause the death of a human embryo,” according to a new report by the Washington-based Charlotte Lozier Institute.

“Numerous studies have shown that the most popular emergency contraceptives can cause the death of embryos. For the sake of full and accurate informed consent for patients and for the sake of the integrity of the medical professionand research community, this reality must be acknowledged,” writes Susan E. Wills, associate scholar at the institute and author of “New Studies Show All Emergency Contraceptives Can Cause Early Abortion.” (See Emergency Contraceptives Study.pdf)

Wills points out that in 1965, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists adopted an “Orwellian-newspeak-definition of conception as ‘the implantation of a fertilized ovum’…to obscure the reality that all hormonal contraceptives are potentially abortifacient.”

“According to the ACOG view, pregnancy only begins when an embryo implants in the uterine lining (endometrium), so that causing the death of a week-old child by means that include blocking implantation is not an abortion,” she writes.

But “embryos unable to implant die,” Wills points out.

Her review of the medical literature found that the three most common forms of emergency contraception act by blocking implantation of an already fertilized egg.

“The latest studies, using precise and rigorous methods to assess the MOAs [mechanisms of action] of emergency contraceptives, provide conclusive evidence that pre-ovulatory (i.e. contraceptive) MOAs (for example, delay or inhibition of ovulation and interference with sperm mobility) cannot alone account for the relative efficacy of ECs in preventing established (implanted) pregnancies.”

For example, “in the month that [Paragard, a copper IUD] is inserted as an emergency contraceptive, it may act by interfering with implantation.” Ulipristal acetate, marketed as Ella, also acts by “blocking progesterone receptors in the endometrium…[and] thwarts implantation.”

And recent studies “all point to Plan B’s having a predominantly post-fertilization (abortifacient) MOA when it is given during a woman’s fertile period,” Wills points out.

More than 90 lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the contraception mandate have been filed by over 300 plaintiffs on First Amendment religious freedom grounds, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two of them: Hobby Lobby and Conestoga.

On January 1st, just hours before the Obamacare provision went into effect, Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary injunction requested by the Little Sisters of the Poor that temporarily prevents the Obama administration from enforcing its contraceptive mandate.

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