September 16, 2005
And in more Romney news…
Mitt discovers—not for the last time—what it’s like to be a loser:
BOSTON (AP) - The state Legislature voted Thursday to override the governor’s veto of a measure that will expand access to emergency contraception by requiring hospital emergency room doctors to offer the medication to rape victims.
The measure, which Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed in July, will also make the medication available without a prescription from pharmacies. A provision that exempted Catholic hospitals was eventually dropped from the legislation.
The Senate voted unanimously 37-0 to override the veto. In the House, the vote was 139-16 to override, far more than the two-thirds needed.
… “Rape survivors will now receive the standard of care they deserve at any hospital emergency room,” said Melissa Kogut, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. “Women will have access to emergency contraception sooner, when it is most effective.”
The lunatic right responded with their usual spasm:
“A woman could unwittingly be aborting an unborn child. That is one of our top concerns,” said Marie Sturgis, executive director of Massachusetts Citizens of Life.
Never mind that this is actually impossible, as I’ve written before:
In the real world, the morning-after pill ought to be the pro-lifers’ friend: on one estimate, it could save 80,000 abortions every year in New York state. But the pill works in two ways: if given prior to ovulation, it prevents or delays the release of an egg from the ovary; if ovulation has already occurred, it helps prevent the fertilized egg from traveling down the fallopian tubes and implanting in the uterus. Wingnuts, in their parallel universe, see this second way as “abortion.” Never mind that fertilized eggs often fail to implant without any kind of medical intervention, or that pregnancy doesn’t even begin until the egg is implanted:The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that pregnancy begins when a fertilized egg implants into the uterine lining, not when the egg is fertilized. Forty to 60 percent of fertilized eggs naturally fail to implant in the uterus and are eliminated when a woman menstruates.According to the Food and Drug Administration, emergency contraception is not effective if the woman is actually pregnant.“Claiming contraception—especially emergency contraception—can cause abortion is one of the most common deceptions perpetuated by anti-choice extremists,” said Sarah A. Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
One of many. But then—as I’ve also pointed out before—the anti-choicers don’t care about the health and welfare of women, or about the underlying science:
What they want is control, to turn back the clock to the glory days when, if you were with child, you were with child. Even if you actually were—or are—a child.
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