American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) Misleading on When Life Begins

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) Misleading on When Life Begins

by William Saunders and Mailee Smith | Washington, DC | | 12/12/13 7:57 PM

It is scientifically undisputed that a new human organism begins at fertilization (or conception).  But that hasn’t stopped the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG)—a proudly pro-abortion “medical” organization—from attempting to mislead courts into believing that life-ending drugs do not actually end the lives of tiny human beings.

ACOG’s efforts come in the many HHS mandate cases that are currently pending before federal courts all over the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius andConestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. SebeliusIn these cases, the plaintiffs are challenging the mandate in the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) that requires employers to fully cover, without co-pay, all drugs and devices labeled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “contraception.”

But here’s the problem: the FDA has labeled some drugs as “contraception” that actually work after a new human organism has been created.

Among many other facts from scientific journals, AUL has consistently cited the following in amicus briefs filed in federal courts in these cases:

  • “The fusion of sperm and egg membranes initiates the life of a sexually reproducing organism.”1
  • “Fertilization is the process by which male and female haploid gametes (sperm and egg) unite to produce a genetically distinct individual.”2
  • “Fertilization—the fusion of gametes to produce a new organism—is the culmination of a multitude of intricately regulated cellular processes.”3

Even the National Institutes of Health defines “fertilization” as the process of union of two gametes (i.e., ovum and sperm) “whereby the somatic chromosome number is restored and the development of a new individual is initiated.”

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