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“Would you like to hear a story about abortion?” The woman in her 50s who I just met asked me this. Several seconds earlier, she had asked me what I thought about abortion, then cut me off before I could even answer her. I don’t think she was really interested in my response. All the while, she barely looked me in the eye. I wondered what I was getting myself into with this new writing group. No one else had even shown up yet.
I said yes because to say no would be impolite. I then sat through a pretty basic story about a young woman getting her bangs trimmed. I kept waiting for the juicy part.
At the end, the hairdresser revealed to the young woman in the story that she used to hide a container of contraceptive foam in an empty box near her bed. That was how she managed to keep the number of children to three. Once her husband found the container, she had three more children.
It was an interesting enough story, but it wasn’t about abortion! The contraceptive foam referred to is a spermicide. Spermicide is inserted into the vagina before sex and it kills sperm before it can fertilize any eggs. It is a method of contraception, not an abortifacient.
Contraception prevents pregnancy, so it cannot be an abortifacient.
Another member of the writing group arrived before I could school this woman on the fact that her story wasn’t about abortion. I would have been more surprised at her ignorance if it wasn’t for the Hobby Lobby case decided last year. In that case, attorneys for Hobby Lobby made arguments that ran counter to science. For example, Plan B (the morning after pill) does not cause an abortion, nor do IUDs, despite Hobby Lobby’s argument to the contrary. Don’t believe me? You can read it from a whole bunch of professional medical associations here.
Misinformation only helps anti-reproductive rights zealots confuse the public. Get informed!