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Huh. Morning-After Pills TERMINATE Or PREVENT Pregnancy- Lawsuit Questioned and Dismissed

15 October 2007 at 12:49:28 PM

Couple of interesting things in this law discussion-one, whether a morning after pill that prevents *implantation* from taking place ought to be considered on the same scale as abortion, and second, whether parents should have a constitutional right to be notified if their daughters get contaception. The court threw out the lawsuit.


Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by the parents of a 16-year-old girl, on their own and on their daughter's behalf, against the city of Philadelphia and its agents, including a health center operated by the city's Department of Health. The plaintiffs in Anspach v. City of Philadelphia alleged that at the girl's request, the health center gave her a "morning after" pill, but without notifying her parents and without informing her that the medication could prevent a fertilized egg from implanting inside her uterus. Her parents contend that this information would have been of great significance to all three of them, because the prevention of implantation constitutes an abortion according to their religious beliefs.

As I will explain, this case was rightly dismissed. It nonetheless raises a question of potentially great significance: When does pregnancy begin? The answer to this question will determine whether courts should classify the morning-after-pill as preventing, or as terminating, a pregnancy. Moreover, to the extent that the U.S. Supreme Court has become more receptive to government restrictions of abortion, the official point at which pregnancy begins could prove crucial in defining the scope of women's continuing reproductive autonomy.

I've said here before that it is only in the last 30 years or so that a law that required a wife to get permission from her husband to take contraceptives was changed. I thought women had already won the argument that THEY get to decide about their bodies (ala Our Bodies Our Selves) instead of men. So it's almost unbelievable to me that there would be anyone who would plead a case that a contraceptive that prevents pregnancy should be outlawed or in any fashion equated with an abortion.

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