Marjorie Taylor Greene needs science in her life after equating Plan B to abortion on the House floor
On Thursday, June 24, 2021, representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) took to the House floor to argue a falsehood. Though not her first time to spew misinformation in the House, the member of Congress decided to place thousands of hours of medical science and research to the side and claim that Plan B causes a woman to abort her fetus while speaking about a recently passed bill was put in place to make sure veterans who received health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs could have access to contraception at no cost.
“Contraception stops a woman from becoming pregnant. The Plan B pill kills a baby in the womb once a woman is already pregnant,” the Disney villain masquerading as a lawmaker opined on the House floor. “Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act is not contraception, it’s providing with taxpayer dollars the ability for women to have an abortion.”
Before we get too far into what kind of person would take such an incorrect stand without even checking Google, let’s review some science, shall we? According to a 2012 study published in the journal International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (h/t Refinery29), Plan B does not prevent implantation and does not act as a means to abortion.
Here’s what Plan B actually does: According to the FDA, Plan B can prevent ovulation and/or the fertilization of an embryo. It acts as a form of emergency contraception.
Plan B can also act the same way as a condom in that it can prevent little spermies from reaching an egg.
“Simply put, emergency contraception prevents pregnancy whereas abortion pills end pregnancy,” Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, OBGYN and Complex Family Planning Specialist, told Refinery29. “There are several types of emergency contraception available in the United States, each of which works slightly differently, but all of them prevent pregnancy from happening. Even if you’re already pregnant, Plan B cannot end a pregnancy.”
Now let’s explain what the actual abortion pills — mifepristone and misoprostol — do. The pair are two separate medications, that when taken together, work to both stop a pregnancy from growing and help the body pass the pregnancy, acting much like a miscarriage.
The first pill, mifepristone, blocks the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which causes the pregnancy to stop progressing. The pill is typically taken at a doctor’s office or abortion clinic.
The second pill, misoprostol, is taken about 24 or so hours later, often at home, and causes the cervix to soften and the uterus to contract so that the pregnancy can be safely expelled from the uterus.
What Marjorie doesn’t seem to understand is that neither of the abortion pills mirrors ingredients found in forms of emergency contraception like Plan B.
Perhaps someone should tell the good representative from the State of Georgia that if you don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no shame in keeping your mouth shut and educating yourself. But as that seems decidedly off-brand for the lawmaker, perhaps she should mind her own business and stop policing other people’s bodies.
Something tells us that’s not a lesson that Marjorie will take to heart, as she often spouts absurdities. It’s a pity. Congress could use a lawmaker that respects women, their bodies, their choices, and their health. Do better, Marjorie.
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