In Brief—The author presents the facts showing—whether sincere or duplicitous—that reproduction is governed by both scientific reality and human nature. Believing in myths does not make something true.
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True or False? Pregnancy occurs when the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell.
This is False. Though many otherwise sincere people—as well as dishonest opponents of abortion—contend that as soon as a female egg is penetrated by a sperm cell pregnancy occurs. This is known as fertilization, but it does not mean a female is pregnant.
Virtually all educated people know that pregnancy does not occur until the fertilized female egg implants in the uterine wall. The medical profession and science agree on this. If the fertilized egg does not implant in the uterine wall, it will be expelled from the female body naturally. Several contraceptives prevent the fertilized egg from implanting OR the egg can simply not attach naturally and will be expelled from the body.
Despite the false belief that contraceptives preventing uterine implantation are abortions, they are not. Contraceptive pills and IUDs merely prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine wall. As stated above, belief in a myth does not make it a fact.
True or False? Planned Parenthood (PP) devotes most of its efforts to abortions.
This is False. Many abortion opponents believe that Planned Parenthood (PP) devotes most of its efforts to carrying out abortions. They are glaringly wrong…or pandering politicians. Though they may sincerely believe this hogwash or consciously lie in the pursuit of their goal of ridding America of all abortions—they are spouting falsehoods. Only 3% of PP’s activities are abortion services. The overwhelming majority of PP’s services are devoted to sex education, reproductive health such as PAP smears and breast examinations, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and family planning. Put clearly, PP is important to America’s health.
True or False? PP profits from the sale of fetal tissue derived from abortions.
This is False. Despite tons of independent proof of blatantly doctored footage of hidden camera interviews, opponents and hostile Republican politicians continue to attempt PP clinic closures, defunding the organization and even attacking cell researchers by falsely claiming that PP profits from their sales to researchers. This is not only false but injurious to the states pursuing PP and to researchers. Indeed, it is injurious to America’s health.
It’s interesting to note that a Texas grand jury cleared PP and instead indicted the abortion opponents and their leader, David Daleiden, for committing a felony. Repeat: PP was given a clean bill of health while the abortion opponents were indicted. Republican politicians choose to ignore this…and surprised Texas prosecutors are squealing and appealing.
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True or False? A fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks after implantation.
This is False. While this assertion is falsely reported to be controversial, it’s not controversial at all. The scientific consensus is that a fetus does not feel pain before 27 to 30 weeks after implantation. Abortion opponents are placing wishes ahead of scientific fact.
Please note that the abortion opponents specifically say that a fetus feels pain from 20 weeks AFTER FERTILIZATION. This, of course, fits their plan to establish pregnancy as the moment of fertilization. This is absolutely anti-science baloney, morally corrupt and typical of the dishonesty of the anti-abortion efforts. See my first point above.
Furthermore, many abortion opponents and conservative Catholics who adhere to Catholic doctrine want to outlaw not just abortion but contraception as well. Put clearly, they want to make any form of contraception illegal. It’s important to remember that. They want to overthrow the Supreme Court’s holding in Roe vs. Wade and take us back to the olden days of government interference in what we do in the privacy of our bedrooms…and to dangerous back alley abortions. Do you want somebody else’s religion forced on you?
Who are the PP clients, where and how do they operate?
PP’s clientele includes not just millions of mature females but teenagers and men as well. Working with high-quality partner organizations, they provide information on reproductive health throughout the world, not just in America. Many of PP’s clients are low-income people who are provided with top-notch services at low or no cost. Often, PP is the only source of reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and education available to the people they serve.
Despite PP’s essential services, the anti-abortion and anti-contraceptive opponents continue their attempts to prevent PP from providing their services. Unfortunately, in their zealous pursuit of PP, the opponents too often resort to lies, duplicitous behavior and even violence or murder.
To say we must oppose these underhanded methods is not enough. We must close all the doors to their underhanded efforts. The partisan Supreme Court conservatives stand ready to support such unscientific and duplicitous methods, so it’s essential to vote for forward-looking candidates who will reduce the power of conservatism whether on the court or in legislative corridors. Only an aroused electorate can stop the dishonest people who would force us back to the ugly past.
Support Planned Parenthood and Vote for truth.