Jason B. Ladd

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An End to Weapons of Mass Destruction

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The world is a different place since the invention of weapons of mass destruction. They were designed to prevent evil. But what if it they were designed to destroy what was good?

Isaiah 5:20 carries a warning for those who would misuse weapons of mass destruction:

“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20, NIV).

“Birth control allows us to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of pregnancy.”1 -Planned Parenthood website

“If you’ve had unprotected sex, you can take Plan B One-Step® to help prevent pregnancy from happening. It is a backup plan that works in a similar way to birth control pills to prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours (3 days)”2 (emphasis mine). -Plan B One-Step website

It’s becoming more clear why young adults have an incomplete understanding of the abortion/birth control controversy: they are given incomplete information and when they ask difficult questions, they are silenced by authority figures.

It has been happening more and more.

Since Roe v. Wade stripped away the individual state’s right to determine the morality of terminating life inside the womb, the national attitude surrounding abortion has become more cavalier.

An obsession with empowerment has blinded some to the important considerations surrounding this controversial topic, and there’s a dirty little secret behind the clinic curtain.

When Does a Pregnancy Begin?

The belief that pregnancy begins at implantation has been propagated by groups motivated by political and financial gain. What is the alternative view?

  • A pregnancy begins at conception

The implications, though some groups would fight tooth-and-nail to convince you otherwise, are monumental. If pregnancy begins at conception, then there is no difference between some forms of birth control and abortion.

While the legal ramifications are currently small, the emotional cost and moral risk is high.

In 2009, Christopher M. Gacek, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs for the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. conducted a study of the four major medical dictionaries in use for the last 100 years.

The purpose of the study was to determine whether the belief that pregnancy begins at conception (versus implantation) is reasonable and how much weight the idea has carried historically.

His conclusion after carefully researching each edition of Dorland’s, Stedman’s, Taber’s, and Mosby’s dictionaries was that the conscientious objector’s scientific analysis of the belief that pregnancy begins at conception (fertilization) “is not only reasonable but . . . the dominant worldview presented by the dictionaries and the historical usage they represent.”3

The belief that pregnancy begins at implantation is the minority view held by health care providers in the business of abortion. Can you imagine their bottom line if more of their “birth control” products which operate on life before 24 weeks were known as abortifacients?

What’s the Big Deal?

There is a good reason for abortion, birth control pills, and emergency contraception to be in the same conversation. They all carry the intent to terminate life (and arguably a legal person in the whole sense protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, but that is beyond the scope of this post) if it has been created. In other words, they might all be weapons of mass destruction.

The pill does several things to prevent a woman from getting pregnant:

  1. It inhibits ovulation.
  2. It reduces the chances of fertilization if a “breakthrough” egg release occurs by thickening the cervical membrane.
  3. If an egg is fertilized, it may theoretically inhibit implantation.

This third mechanism is accomplished by the intentional thinning of the endometrium, theoretically disallowing a fertilized egg to implant into the uterine wall.

And that is the dirty secret behind the clinic curtain.

What You Believe Matters

It is important to understand that while using this form of contraception, there is no guarantee that an egg will not be released and fertilized, and there is no way to know whether or not an egg was fertilized when it exits the body during menstruation. What is 99% effective is the pill’s ability to use any one of the aforementioned mechanisms to prevent parenthood.

The Plan B One-Step website admits that its emergency contraception pill acts similar to normal birth control pills. The following is from Plan B One-Step’s Full Product Information document, paragraph 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, section 12.1 Mechanism of Action:

“Emergency contraceptive pills are not effective if a woman is already pregnant. Plan B One-Step is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization (by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or ova). In addition, it may inhibit implantation (by altering the endometrium)”4 (emphasis mine).

The company believes that pregnancy has not begun until implantation (the minority view). They believe that their product acts as an emergency contraceptive. This is tacit recognition that if you believe pregnancy begins at conception, then their product is by definition an abortive agent–a product once banned, now legal, and always debated.

The Law is a Great Teacher

We are taught as children to obey the law. We are told:

  • The law is good.
  • The law keeps us safe.
  • The law is just.

America is fortunate that its leaders have for the most part done a good job at making this the case. However, just because something is legal now doesn’t make it right. When we get it wrong, the law itself becomes a weapons of mass destruction and we need to make a correction, just like we did during the Civil Rights movement.

You were young once. Someone gave you a chance.

I thank God someone cared enough about me as much at 20 days as they did at 20 years.

Before you quickly accept a cultural norm, will you take a peek behind the clinic curtain? What you see may change not one life, but two.

Related Briefs

1 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control-4211.htm

2 http://m.planbonestep.com/about-plan-b-one-step.aspx

3 Christopher M. Gacek, Ph.D., “Conceiving ‘Pregnancy’ U.S. Medical Dictionaries and Their Definitions of ‘Conception’ and ‘Pregnancy,’” Insight publication, April 2009, 10, http://www.frc.org/insight/conceiving-pregnancy-us-medical-dictionaries-and-their-definitions-of-conception-and-pregnancy.

4 Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., “Plan B One-Step Full Product Information,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, August, 2009, http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/021998lbl.pdf

Photo Credit: http://onlineforlife.org/graphics/weapons-mass-destruction-2/

About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

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