The FDA announced this week that it will allow “Plan B” contraceptive pills to be sold without a prescription to girls as young as 17 years old. You can read the announcement here.
Earlier this morning I read the New York Times‘s editorial about the decision and was miffed that the editors implied that there were no human life concerns when it comes to the use of the Plan B pills. The editors say that Plan B merely “blocks” or “prevents” pregnancies. Such language might appear to some to be saying that human life is not endangered by the use of this drug. But nothing could be further from the truth.
The FDA’s own website explains how Plan B works in this way:
“Plan B acts primarily by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation). It may prevent the union of sperm and egg (fertilization). If fertilization does occur, Plan B may prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb (implantation).”
The important thing to note is that even though a little embryo may be prevented from implantation, the embryo is human nonetheless. Thus, Plan B causes the destruction of human embryos in some cases. That is in fact the aim of the drug if fertilization has already occurred.
There is much more that needs to be said in response to the FDA’s announcement and the NY Times editorial, and I cannot do better than what Al Mohler has done. Go read his essay. All I want to do here is to clarify exactly what it is that Plan B does. Make no mistake. It’s destroys innocent human life.