Are Birth Control And Abortion Connected? Here Are The Facts.

Anne Marie Williams
liveaction.org
2021-07-19

Author and journalist Molly Jong-Fast penned the Vogue article, “The Anti-Birth Control Movement is the New Anti-Abortion Movement,” cutting right to the chase by claiming that “Republicans have started to blur the lines between birth control and abortion in the hopes of making it harder for American women to get both birth control and abortions.” But Jong-Fast’s article fails to acknowledge that it is not “Republicans” who have blurred the lines between abortion and birth control; it is the abortion industry itself.

FACT: SOME BIRTH CONTROL CAN FUNCTION AS AN ABORTIFACIENT
Jong-Fast specifically referenced the recent debate in Missouri over whether to limit Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood over its provision of potentially abortifacient drugs — such as Plan B and Ella, which are given as “emergency contraception” — and IUDs. Jong-Fast called Missouri’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood “a tricky play, attacking birth control as a way to attack abortion, and it didn’t work… this time.” Jong-Fast also quoted Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill-Johnson, who lamented, “We’re already hearing members of the U.S. Congress spread the same falsehoods we’ve seen in Missouri, conflating medications that prevent pregnancy — birth control and emergency contraception — with medications that end pregnancy.”

Jong-Fast either doesn’t understand or purposely ignores the fact that IUDs, emergency contraception and the birth control pill can function as abortifacients; that is, they can cause early abortions as a secondary mechanism, according to their manufacturers.

FACT: THE ABORTION INDUSTRY BLURRED THE LINES DECADES AGO

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