Clifton notes the subtle rhetoric of people more enlightened than you, me, or Jesus:
The pill acts in two ways. Primarily, it prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg so no fertilization can occur. Then in the rare event that an egg has already been released by the ovaries, the pill also changes the chemistry of the lining of the uterus so that any fertilized egg cannot implant.
Is this an abortion pill? No. For the most part the pill simply stops an egg from being available to come in contact with sperm. And even if there happens to be an egg present when sex occurs there is no disruption of an implanted embryo. The only way the pill can be seen as inducing an abortion is if one holds the view that non-implanted, fertilized eggs are fetuses â€” a view which few doctors, pharmacists, scientists or Americans subscribe to.
So, the good doctor and all those calm rational people who agree with them are true by fiat. Ipse dixit indeed.
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