Growing Debate Over Abortifacients by ProQuest

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In the Archives of Family Medicine, an out-of-print journal published by the American Medical Association, Drs. Walter L. Larimore and Joseph B. Stanford, in a 2000 paper entitled "Postfertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives and Their Relationship to Informed Consent," advocate for objective presentation of the potential for the abortifacient or postfertilization effects to all patients during informed-consent discussions. In 1994, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a respected fertility specialist and clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Creighton University School of Medicine, said, "All birth control pills available have a mechanism which disturbs or disintegrates the lining of the uterus to the extent that the possibility of abortion exists when break-through ovulation occurs."

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