Urmmmm, a lot.
Let’s review; pregnancy occurs when an egg implants and sticks. Period. (No pun intended). (And you can research the definition on your own time). If you are filing a lawsuit to get rid of one of these medications you should probably get rid of both. The main difference is timing and cost. The pill is pretty cheap, but Plan B runs around $65 a dose in my neck of the woods. For someone working an hourly retail job, $65 might be the difference between groceries and gas money (I speak from experience here).
Now, I can see why you might be confused. Yes, there are some pills that can cause abortions. As the Mayo Clinic points out “Keep in mind that the morning-after pill isn’t the same as mifepristone (Mifeprex), also known as RU-486 or the abortion pill. Mifeprex terminates an established pregnancy — one in which the fertilized egg has attached to the uterine wall and has already begun to develop.”
*** The Morning-After Update
Before publishing this post yesterday I asked a friend to read it to make sure it wasn’t totally off-base or offensive. She said it was.”Do you realize that you could lose half your readers by posting this?”
Yes. And that was a risk I was willing to take. However, to my amazement, the opposite has taken place. It appears that I have lost a few readers and gained many, many more. The overwhelming tide of support is startling. That was not expected.
I want to take a second to say thank you to everyone who is taking the time to weigh in — on both sides of the debate. Thank you for telling your friends and sharing on facebook and writing emails to the folks at HL. Consumer buying power is one of the only tools we can use to see change. Lucky for us, it is also one of the most effective.I also want to note that a number of people have sent emails to me directly because they don’t feel comfortable commenting on this subject in public. The fact that they felt compelled to email is wonderful, appreciated, 100% understandable…and precisely the reason I wrote this post. Some things need to be said…in public. No one should have to feel bad about speaking their mind. Progress will never happen if folks are too afraid to say what they know to be true.
With that in mind, for a while here, I will be turning on my comment moderation. All comments will be published whether I agree with them or not.However, any mean-spirited remarks, particularly those in response to other commenters, will not be published. Period. I’m not asking you to agree with me, I’m asking you to think about it before you write it down. Who knows, if we each can say what we think and be respectful about it, we might just find some common ground and find a way to move forward.
**Update five months later, Feb 10, 2013, one month after the law was to go into effect.
Several people have asked me about the current status of the lawsuit, and while I am not an attorney, I’ll tell you what I know in a nutshell: Last fall, the district court deniedHobby Lobby’s claim as a religious institution, so then HL appealed to another court which is, currently, essentially, in limbo. You can read more about it here, although none of it really matters right now because HL hired lawyers to find a legal loophole that allows them to reset their insurance calendar back many months, thus proving time to wait out the court system and avoid $1.3 million dollar daily fine. So that sounds fun. If you would like to see a list of for-profit companies who have suddenly become religious institutions to avoid paying for their employees health insurance, take a gander over here.
Also, unfortunately, many comments below were lost when I switched commenting service providers in January 2013. I apologize if yours was deleted or became “unthreaded.” Comments on this post are now closed.