Life and IUDs

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On Nov. 26, the Magazine & Health section provided readers with a close-up view of two IUDs. Under the picture came an article by Lexi Belculfine, which reported the recommendation by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that more women consider using IUDs due to their safety and effectiveness. Since Ms. Belculfine didn't bother explaining to her readers how these devices work, allow me to fill in a pretty essential gap: IUDs cause an abortion to occur.

In "Infant Homicides through Contraceptives," Bogomir M. Kuhar, a clinical pharmacist and pharmacology instructor, plainly states that IUDs are strictly abortifacients, and not contraceptives, because "IUDs do not prevent ovulation." Instead, they "kill preborn children... via two mechanisms of action: interfering with enzymatic processes (as in the case of copper) or interfering with implantation... of the 5- to 14-day old embryo (baby) by chemical or mechanical inflammation of the endometrium [of the uterus]." He calculates that IUDs cause 3,825,000 abortions annually.

While other scientists may argue that IUDs do not work exclusively, or even primarily, as an abortifacient, none will deny that one of the ways it prevents "pregnancy" is to make the uterus unable to accept the newly fertilized egg (i.e., the new human life). Given this, it's fair to ask why, in her very lengthy article, Ms. Belculfine never mentioned it. After all, we're talking about a matter of life and death.

PAT MALLEY
Trafford


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