Morning-after pills are widely used to prevent pregnancy and they're a great invention. If something happens to regular birth control -- condom breaks, forgotten pill -- or in cases of rape, a woman can take the pill within 72 hours to help prevent pregnancy.
We previously thought this worked because the pill prevented a fertilized egg from attaching to the wall of the uterus. That said, since anti-abortion advocates, including Mitt Romney, think a fertilized egg is a PERSON, then anything that prevents that person from grabbing onto that uterus is nothing less than abortion, i.e. murder. However, science has just discovered something that means Romney and his crew won't be able to call the morning-after pill the "abortion" pill anymore.
What actually happens when you take a morning-after pill is that it delays ovulation. Yeah, an egg never comes down into the spot it needs to get to for sperm to reach it. And if that weren't enough, the pill can also "thicken cervical mucus" so the little buggers have trouble swimming and can't even reach the egg that never got in place to begin with.
In other words, there's no fertilized egg. No "person." No "abortion." No "murder." Nothing happens. Ain't no egg gonna reach no sperm that ain't swimming anywhere.
Will this stop Romney and anti-abortion advocates from calling these pills "abortive pills"? Ha! Does Fox News like Obama? Of course not. What's a little science to people who largely don't even believe in Darwinism, for goodness sake. Anything that prevents pregnancy, anything at all, beyond, I'm guessing, complete and total abstinence throughout one's Mother Teresa-esque life, is wrong, wrong, wrong. And nothing gonna change their minds on that.
Does this new science change your mind about the morning-after pill?
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