Posts Tagged ‘Pregnancy’

The Missed Promise of a New Life

My heart aches for the family of Marlise Muñoz. For the past two months, John Peter Smith Hospital has kept her on life support, against the wishes of her family, in order to allow her unborn child to reach viability outside the womb. I can’t imagine their pain, the loss they must feel. The agony that we experience while waiting to grieve is intense and unreal, often even more difficult than the...

The Carrot of Choice

“Life can only be understood backwards,” wrote the Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, “but it must be lived forwards.” This maxim incorporates both the pain and the paradox of life. Looking forwards, “choice” can appear both glamorous and enticing; looking backwards, it is often tinged with deep regret. It is often like the runaway carrot that always eludes the pursuing rabbit. It is alluring, but not always fulfilling. Hence, we come to realize the...

Four Surreal Scenes

How is it that someone cannot see that abortion is wrong—wickedly wrong, horribly wrong, gruesomely wrong? How can there be anyone who does not know that a woman pregnant is a woman “with child,” and that abortion, by “terminating the pregnancy,” has destroyed a human life, an innocent baby human? Modern men and women are so accustomed to wielding a perverse power over nature that they just shrug their shoulders: “Yeah, and so what?...

The State of the Science: Why Catholic Hospitals Should Not Dispense Plan B

The mechanism of action of levonorgestrel emergency contraception (hereafter as LNG EC), sold as Plan B, given to prevent pregnancy after an act of intercourse (or rape) is a politically charged...

The Evidence that Plan B Does Not Cause Abortions in the Fertile Window

In my previous article in this series, I summarized the scientific evidence that suggests that not all morning after pills – in this specific case, levonorgestrel...

Plan B’s Main Mechanism of Action: The Case for a Post-Fertilization Effect

There is much confusion surrounding how Plan B Emergency Contraception actually works. Plan B...

Not All Morning-After Pills Are Abortifacients: The Scientific Evidence

The decision by the Catholic bishops of Germany to approve the use of morning-after pills (MAP) for victims of rape who present themselves...

When in Doubt, Choose Life

It seems the infamous issue of emergency contraception (hereafter as EC) and rape victims is back in the news...