Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Websites Under Deconstruction: Phoenix Edition

This post is the second in our series on abortion center websites. (Click here for our first.)

Today, we are spotlighting two centers in Phoenix, AZ: Camelback Family Planning and Acacia Women's Center.

The website for Camelback Family Planning is pretty mundane on the surface. It's mainly notable for what it doesn't say in its glowing bio of abortionist Gabrielle Goodrick.

Goodrick is described as having "an outstanding reputation with health care professionals in the community." Camelback's website fails to mention Goodrick's less-than-outstanding reputation with the Arizona Medical Board, which determined that Goodrick had a substance abuse problem and placed her medical license on probation for five years, beginning in February of 2011.

The Acacia Women's Center website is noteworthy for its descriptions of the morning-after pill (Plan B). There has always been controversy surrounding Plan B's exact mechanism. All agree that it can prevent ovulation, which in turn prevents fertilization. The question is what happens if the morning-after pill is taken after ovulation and fertilization have already occurred. Does it cause an early abortion by making it impossible for the newly-conceived embryo to implant?

Pro-choice groups, and some pro-life groups, say that the answer is no. Planned Parenthood, for instance, states plainly: "Emergency contraception pills work by keeping a woman's ovary from releasing an egg for longer than usual. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with sperm. You might have also heard that the morning-after pill causes an abortion. But that's not true. The morning-after pill is not the abortion pill. Emergency contraception is birth control, not abortion." All Our Lives agrees: "The best available studies provide no evidence that emergency contraception does anything but prevent fertilization."

Apparently, Acacia Women's Center didn't get the memo, because "ending pregnancy early on" sure doesn't sound like contraception to me:

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