To the Adirondack Journal:
Regarding Dr. Lynne Macco’s letter to the editor in which she took issue with Dan Alexander’s “Viewpoint” article about our First Amendment rights. In her letter, she stated that she believes “it’s important for every American to have access to quality health care and the facts.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Dr. Macco puts forth her contention that the “emergency contraception” pill, or Plan B, is not an abortion pill. She quotes a statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determining that E. C. pills “will not cause an abortion.”
In fact, this is a matter of interpretation. These pills can work to “prevent pregnancy” in different ways: by delaying or stopping ovulation, by preventing fertilization, or, if fertilization has already taken place, preventing the fertilized embryo (a human being) from attaching to the uterus. In other words, if the pills work in the third way, they can act as an abortifacient.
But if this is true, how can the ACOG say what they say? Simple: years ago they “determined” that pregnancy occurs, not at the moment of conception, but when the fertilized embryo implants in the uterus. Anything before implantation is not pregnancy. No pregnancy — no abortion; problem solved. The problem with these semantics: From a moral and scientific viewpoint human life begins at conception.
Dr. Macco goes on to claim that the Affordable Care Act does not affect emergency contraception because Plan B is available “over the counter.”
“It will remain available over the counter at the pharmacy regardless of this act,” she states. This gives the impression that, because the pill is available over the counter, it won’t be available through a prescription. In fact, it would make more sense to me that, if it were available for free through the insurance provider, that’s how it’s going to get purchased.
This debate is about private and religious groups, as well as individual employers, being forced to provide these products as part of “preventative care.”
It prompts the questions: What “disease” do these products prevent? How could a pill that’s classified by the World Health Organization as a Group 1 carcinogen be included as “preventative care?” We’re not debating about emergency blood transfusions or liver transplants here — we’re talking about avoiding pregnancy. Last I knew, contraceptives were available at the local Stewart’s just above the Rolaids.
Finally, Dr. Macco’s taking Mr. Alexander to task for his alleged misuse of terms distracts from the point of his article. Regardless of anyone’s differing viewpoints on the use of these drugs, it is an obvious, flagrant violation of the First Amendment to force a religious group to participate in something that violates their religious beliefs.