Publication Type Commentaries by Abortion
The issue of aborting a rape-induced pregnancy recently rocked a Senate campaign. The images it summons of violation, unfairness and burden assure the topic instantly launches infuriated responses. Deeming it part of the 2 percent of abortions that are medically indicated — the other 98 percent being elective (for convenience's sake only), per the Guttmacher Institute — our nation overwhelmingly supports the right of a woman to abort such pregnancies. Legalities aside, is the solution as helpful as what we assume?
I have prescribed "the Pill" since 1978. My wife and I used the Pill for years, having no moral concerns about it. Then, in 1995 my friend and practice partner John Hartman, MD, showed me a patient information brochure--given to him by a friend--that claimed the Pill had a postfertilization effect causing "...the unrecognized loss of preborn children."