Emergency contraception does not cause abortion.
The “pro-life” movement loves to claim that emergency contraception causes abortion. This is simply not true. It is used to prevent a pregnancy from happening; it does not terminate an existing pregnancy. There are four different types of emergency contraception pills available around the world. If you want to know what types are available in your country click here.
Emergency contraception is also referred to as the “morning after pill”, but you don’t have to wait until the morning after to take it. It can be taken right after sex or up to five days after and still be effective. Keep in mind that the sooner you take it the more effective it is.
If you would like more information about emergency contraception, check out these links:
- Plan B One-Step (Available over the counter without a prescription to anyone 17 and up in the US.)
- Next Choice
- ellaOne (Available through prescription only in the UK.)
- Levonelle One Step (Available in the UK only.)
- Plan B (Canadian site)
- Emergency Contraception Website
- Emergency Contraception Fact Sheet (PDF)
For the next 40 days, “pro-lifers” will be standing outside of abortion clinics around the country and the world praying, yelling, and harassing those who dare go inside. I, for one, will not stand for this. Unfortunately, I am not able to be part of or help stage a counter protest at a clinic. I’m moving in 6 days so my hands are kind of full.
However, what I can do is stage my own little counter protest online. From now until November 1st, I will be blogging about one fact about abortion. While they spread hate and lies I will spread a little truth.
I can’t do this alone. I’m just one tiny voice going up against thousands. In order to make a real impact, I’m going to need your help. If you have time, take a few minutes out of your day and send a tweet or write about one abortion fact. If you have a little more time to spare, find a way to take action. If you have a bit of money to spare, take some time to donate to Planned Parenthood. Every little bit helps.
So glad someone’s doing this.
If you’re in the Seattle area, we are planning on having three counter protests, two in Seattle and one in Everett. Facebook events are:
Join us! Fight for your rights!
Abortion does not cause breast cancer.
From the National Cancer Institute:
The relationship between induced and spontaneous abortion and breast cancer risk has been the subject of extensive research beginning in the late 1950s. Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their “self-report” rather than on their medical records. Since then, better-designed studies have been conducted. These newer studies examined large numbers of women, collected data before breast cancer was found, and gathered medical history information from medical records rather than simply from self-reports, thereby generating more reliable findings. The newer studies consistently showed no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk.
It really doesn’t get much clearer than that. Yes, there were studies in the past that said induced abortion and breast cancer were linked. However, those studies were proven to be false. To continue to cite them does not make the “abortion causes breast cancer” myth true. It only shows that the “pro-life” movement only cares about scaring people out of getting the abortion they want and need. Anyone who says that abortion causes breast cancer is flat out lying.
If you want more information on the topic, here are some links to check out:
For more studies on the topic:
This reanalysis of 53 studies on the correlation between abortion and breast cancer, published in the Lancet in 2004 and cited on the National Institute of Health’s PubMed database, concluding that there is no link.
National Cancer Institute’s Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop that concluded, in 2003, that there was also no link.
American Cancer Society’s page on abortion and breast cancer, which states that - surprise! - there’s no link.
1997 study of 1.5 million Danish women that concludes there’s no link.
Just for quick reference.