Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Alice Lloyd's 4/22/15 letter to the Times of Trenton

In her letter to the editor, Alice Lloyd insists that Plan B does NOT operate in an abortifacient manner. The FDA is not as hasty and acknowledges the abortifacient potential: "If fertilization does occur, Plan B may prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb (implantation)"

Assuming that it could be used in a NON-abortifacient manner, Alice Lloyd correctly noted that Plan B has been used in Catholic hospitals under strict provisos. However. Pro Life physicians/scientists are indicating this to be a misinterpretation/misapplication of Directive 36 of the USCCB's Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDS):
  • Patrick Yeung Jr., M.D. and Donna Harrison, M.D, have explained "Why Catholic Hospitals Should Not Dispense Plan B."  
  • Dr. Rebecca Peck and Father Juan VĂ©lez, MD have noted that: "The use of LNG-EC and associated rape protocols should be abandoned, because there is no safe period to give LNC-EC during a woman’s cycle when it may be efficacious to prevent pregnancy without significant likelihood that it will have an abortifacient effect" (National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Winter 2013).  
  • Drs Chris Kahlenborn, Rebecca Peck, and Severs have indicated that "current Catholic rape protocols that allow for the dispensation of LNG-EC if the woman is determined to be in the preovulatory period, appear to be faulty and should be revised" (Linacre Quarterly, February 2015).

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