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It's my birthday! So I wanted to take a minute to talk about LIFE.
Here's a question I get a lot: "Is this type of HBC abortive?". To answer that, I want to dive a little deeper into the history of the definition of pregnancy.
In 1965, the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) changed their definition of conception from "the formation of a viable zygote (cell formed by a fertilization event between two gametes)", to "implantation of a fertilized ovum." Then, in 1972, ACOG clarified their definition that "conception is the implantation of the blastocyst." By this definition, we are not a person until we latch onto the lining of the uterus (even that is hard for many people to agree with). With doctors now being taught that pregnancy doesn't begin until implantation, many HBCs will be rendered as not abortive (convenient timing considering the The Pill was coming to mass market, and they did not want to have to say that it could act as a abortifacient).
Most HBCs release synthetic hormones that cause us not ovulate, therefore no egg should be released (considering the HBC succeeds) and fertilization (conception) cannot occur. These methods still fail at times allowing ovulation to take place, but because they are suppressing our natural hormones from thickening our uterine lining, that fertilized egg (unique individual human) may not be able to implant, thus resulting in miscarriage without you ever knowing. Some HBCs allow us to ovulate, but change the uterine lining enough to where that fertilized egg cannot implant (ie, copper IUD) resulting in an unknown miscarriage. So, going by the definition that the ACOG created in 1965/1972, these HBCs that cause our uterus to become a hostile environment for a fertilized egg are not abortive.
So, in conclusion, your HBC may be abortive, depending on what definition you want to go with. This goes for your doctor as well. If you believe that life begins when sperm fertilizes an egg and not when the egg implants, you need to make that known to your OB/GYN before beginning the HBC method they have suggested to you, because they may have a different definition of life.
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