Ill. Gov. Blagojevich says a pharmacist is “in no position to decide who might or might not be someone you sell [contraceptives] to.” He was responding to Cardinal George calling for him to rescind his directive that they must sell “contraceptives, including the morning-after pill,” as the Springfield State Journal-Register put it, “even if the sale goes against their personal beliefs.”
But does Gov. Blago think the issue is the customer, not the product? And as to the product, the morning-after pill is not a contraceptive but an abortifacient. It does not prevent conception but aborts it, dislodging the fertilized egg so it can’t get nowhere on its otherwise inevitable way towards becoming a little baby.
Lots of people don’t buy that formula, but shouldn’t newspapers take responsibility here, being fair and balanced and letting readers decide?
Wait. Sun-Times also terms the morning-after pill something that “prevents” conception, which it aborts, else why after the fact? Thus this mainstream media outlet ignores and obfuscates the key difference here, what puts this pill in an entirely new category.
The Sun-Times man, Ben Fischer, has apparently given the matter some thought, calling “the medication essentially an ultra-dose of standard birth control chemicals taken after sex.” Ultra-dose? What would that be? Lots more of what prevents conception, thus locking the barn door after the cows are stolen?
Chi Trib took a pass on this matter.