Pam Belluck writes “science” for the Gray Lady. Funny that given her inability to understand basic knowledge of the biology of pregnancy. Writing about sex-selected abortions based on new genetic tests available over-the-counter that detect gender based on secreted DNA available in the mother’s blood or urine, Belluck notes:
But clinics and some ethicists say this type of sex selection is more acceptable because it occurs before embryos are implanted, before pregnancy.
Before pregnancy? Deliberate obfuscation.
So a lesson for you, Pam, since you seem to not grasp elementary biology. First, implantation of embryos occurs 6-12 days after ovulation. A fertilized egg implants itself into the lining of the uterus, resulting in a pregnancy. If the fertilized embryo did not implant into the lining of the uterus, a woman would start shedding the lining, thereby triggering the cycle again. No longer pregnant. It really is this simple, Pam.
If a woman were to purchase one of the aforementioned tests available OTC because she wanted to determine the gender of her baby, an implanted embryo would have to have been implanted for seven weeks minimum in order for her urine to have any fetal DNA present. See how easy? She has to be pregnant in order for the test to work. Pregnant = implanted embryo.
Therefore, your assertion that “clinics and some ethicists” argue that these abortions aren’t abortions because the embryos haven’t implanted implies you’re either a terrible liar with no understanding of logic or biology or you’re an idiot with no understanding of logic or biology.
Take your pick.
h/t: Hot Air headlines
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