A story in today’s New York Times suggests Republican anger over morning-after pills is misplaced, because of misconceptions about what they do.
Pills like Plan B, Pam Belluck says, don’t stop fertilized eggs from attaching themselves to a woman’s uterus; instead, they delay ovulation, thus preventing eggs from interacting with sperm at all, or they thicken cervical mucus, preventing sperm from making their way toward the eggs.
The distinction is crucial because of accusations levied against emergency contraceptives in the past: Dr. Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has referred to at least one of them, Ella, as a thinly-veiled attempt to get an abortion drug over-the-counter” in the past.
Four months ago, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney referred to them as “abortive pills, and other conservatives had attacked the pills under the belief that stopping eggs from grabbing onto the uterus constituted abortion.
According to the Times, the Food and Drug Administration did not say whether it planned to reclassify Plan B and other pills based on the study, but spokeswoman Erica Jefferson did concede that “the emerging data on Plan B suggest that it does not inhibit implantation. Less is known about Ella. However, some data suggest it also does not inhibit implantation.”
How the conservative right hijacks religion
Democrats are beginning to challenge the Republican grip on the language of religion and faith in the United States. Democrat Sen. Chris Coons, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, recently wrote an essay for The Atlantic, “Democrats Need to Talk About Their Faith.”
This is a bold and necessary move. However, it may come up against scientific and progressive resistance. This resistance is based on the claim that science and religion, or religion and progressive politics, are incompatible.
Democrats mulling revenge against Mitch McConnell over his treatment of Merrick Garland
A report from Politico indicates that there is a battle within the Democratic Party on how much power they will exert placing judges on federal benches should they retake the White House in 2020.
Citing the way that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held open the Supreme Court seat that was supposed to be filled by Chief United States Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, only to have Trump nominate conservative jurist Neil Gorsuch to the court, Democrats are considering using hardball tactics of their own.
Paralyzed by the God Emperor: As Democrats dither and bicker, the media gets punk’d again
Over the past few days — which have felt like a runaway elevator ride into hell — there has been a lot of pointless debate about whether Donald Trump’s vicious, false and hateful attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and the other progressive congresswomen known as “the Squad” will help him or hurt him. I don’t know the answer, but we have to ask ourselves, first of all, what the question means.