Hot of the heels of restricting federal funds for contraception for clinics that also offer abortion or refer women for abortions Donald Trump delivered the keynote address at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for “Life” (a.k.a forcing women to carry fetuses to term without providing them with any assistance to have a healthy pregnancy) Gag Fest.
Trump is pushing the SBA agenda hard and it should not surprise anyone. He said he would do this before the election. The Aunt Lydias at the SBA are thrilled about it.Here are some of their wet dreams that he has made reality:
It is important for everyone to remember that the SBA also believes that all birth control causes abortion, as do many of the forced birth groups that Trump and Pence are in bed with.
Why do they believe this?
Science tells us that hormonal contraception (the pill, the patch, the ring, the shot) work by suppressing ovulation. They also affect cervical mucus and may impact how the fallopian tubes move eggs and sperm. It is theoretically possible they also prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. There is no data to support this theory, and in fact all available data says it is not the case, but it is simply impossible to disprove much in the same way it is impossible to disprove the center of the moon is green cheese. Based on robust available science means nothing when you have an a forced birth agenda!
The hormonal IUD works on cervical mucus and the copper IUD is toxic to sperm. Again, it is not possible to say with 100% certainty there is no implantation effect on a fertilized eggs. All the available science says no, but what is science in the face of beliefs?
What does this all have to do with breastfeeding?
So glad you asked. Many women use breastfeeding as birth control. How does breastfeeding work as contraception? It inhibits ovulation, however, it is not possible to say that it doesn’t impact implantation.
Yes, you read that correctly. Breastfeeding is as much an abortifacient as birth control pills, depoprovera, the IUD, the implant, and emergency contraception (major shout out to Chelsea Polis for pointing this out).
There has long been a twisted fantasy among the forced birth fetish groups about conflating abortion and birth control. It was the basis for the whole Hobby Lobby Supreme Court jerk off. The goal was never about protecting “unborn lives” and always about controlling women. If the IUD, birth control pills, and emergency contraception cause abortion then so do breastfeeding.
So people, meaning reporters, need to ask Trump, Pence, and basically everyone in the White House as well as all the forced birth groups listed above about their neglecting breastfeeding as an abortifacient, because you can’t have it both ways. As breastfeeding is a potential abortifacient can groups that receive Title X funds discuss it with women? I would especially enjoy seeing someone ask the Press Secretary about this right after she touts Trumps commitment to “life.”
If birth control causes abortion so does breastfeeding. This is going to be an important argument to keep in mind, because if the SBA have their way Trump is coming for your birth control as well.