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Letter to the Editor
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Perhaps obstetrician/gynecologist Rachel B. Rapkin, writer of the letter “Contraception confusion,” is too young to remember that until 1965, the medical profession knew enough about biology that it defined conception as “the union of the sperm and ovum ... fertilization,” and that moment marked the onset of pregnancy.

That year, the American Medical Association, in its almighty wisdom, changed the definition of the onset of pregnancy to “implantation.” Nothing was different. Nothing changed but the words. But now the drug companies, the medical societies and the abortion industry can say emergency contraception does not cause an abortion.

But it does. And changing words does not change facts.

Helen Cindrich

The writer is executive director of the Pittsburgh-based group People Concerned for the Unborn Child (

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