Using Over-The-Counter Abortion Pills to Trick Your Pregnant Girlfriend


Another WordPress blogger who runs a site entitled “saynsumthn” has provided the following harrowing story:

Another recent example which received national attention was the arrest and indictment of a Florida man who tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking abortion pills to abort her pregnancy. Authorities say that 28-year-old John Andrew Welden did not want to be a father, so when his girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee, got pregnant, Welden faked a prescription for an abortion pill, switched a label so the medication appeared to be a common antibiotic, and gave her the drug. The drug did its job. The unborn baby died. Now Welden, is facing the possibility of life behind bars without parole, charged with murder under a rarely used federal statute known as the “Protection of Unborn Children Act.”

Now folks, even though Plan B does not seem to have a lot of side effects, its over-the-counter status means that it is as easy to get as chewing gum. Look for this sort of thing to happen a lot more often with the legalization and over-the-counter status of Plan B. Rapists, child molesters, incestuous family members can simply slip their victims Plan B to cover up their crime.

Giving Plan B over-the-counter status is a bad idea and this demonstrates it. Welden should have been charged with drug tampering and administering medicine without a license, but since Plan B is over the counter, he cannot be charged with such a crime even though he ought to be. What happens when these monsters start giving Plan B to pregnant women after the time of its efficacy? What birth defects await us?

Oh wait, plan B is not supposed to cause an increase in birth defects because it’s the same hormones that are in many daily birth control pills. But what about the dosage? The Princeton University Student Health Center’s own fact sheet states:

When dedicated ECPs are not available, certain ordinary birth control pills can be used in specified combinations as emergency contraception. In either case, the regimen is one dose followed by a second dose 12 hours later, where each dose consists of 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6 pills, depending on brand. Currently, 19 brands of combined oral contraceptives are approved in the United States for use as emergency contraception.

Now wait a minute people – emergency contraceptive pills or ECPs can be replaced by 1-6 regular birth control pills taken at 12 hour intervals. But these do not cause birth defects? Has this been studied? Not really.

What about Ella or ulipristal acetate, which is an antiprogestin that antagonizes the activity of progesterone on the uterus? The relative of this drug is mifepristone, which is a component of the “French abortion concoction” RU-486. This will cause birth defects if it fails to elicit abortion. How is it that Ulipristal doesn’t?

Additionally, why is it that Plan B is classified as a pregnancy Category X drug, meaning that it could lead to serious problems when taken during pregnancy, such as miscarriages or birth defects?

I do not believe the talking points concerning Plan B. Making it over the counter was a political decision pure and simple.

Discarded White Blood Cells Induce Relocation of Blood Stem Cells


Researchers at the Fundación Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares or CNIC in Madrid, Spain have discovered that the clearance of the white blood cells called neutrophils induces the release of blood cell making stem cells into the bloodstream.

Our blood consists of a liquid component known as plasma and cells collectively known as “formed elements.” Formed elements include red blood cells and a whole encore of white blood cells. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin that ferry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. White blood cells come in two flavors: granulocytes, which contain granules, and agranulocytes, which are devoid of granules.

Granulocytes are a subgroup of white blood cells characterized by the presence of cytoplasmic granules. Granulocytes are formed in the bone marrow and can be classified as basophils, eosinophils, or neutrophils. These particular cell types are named according to their distinct staining characteristics using hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) histological preparations. Granules in basophils stain dark blue, eosinophilic components stain bright red, and neutrophilic components stain a neutral pink.

Granulocytes

The most abundant white blood cells is known as a neutrophil. Neutrophils comprise 50-70% of all white blood cells and are a critical component of the immune system. When immature, neutrophils have a distinct band-shaped nucleus that changes into a segmented nucleus following maturation. Neutrophils are normally in circulating blood, but they migrate to sites of infection via chemotaxis under the direction of molecules such as Leukotriene B4. The main function of neutrophils is to destroy microorganisms and foreign particles by phagocytosis.

Granulocytes-blood smear

Because neutrophils are packed with granules that are toxic to microorganisms and our own cells, damaged neutrophils can spill a plethora of pernicious chemicals into our bodies. To prevent neutrophils from aging and becoming a problem, they live hard and die young. in the vicinity of 1011 neutrophils are eliminated every day. They are rapidly replaced, however, and the means of replacement includes stem cell mobilization from the bone marrow to the bloodstream.

Workers in the laboratory of Andrés Hidalgo have discovered what happens to the discarded neutrophils. Earlier work in mice showed that injections of dead or dying neutrophils increase the number of circulating blood cell-making stem cells. Therefore, something about dead neutrophils causes the hematopoietic stem cells to move from the bone marrow to the bloodstream. By following marked, dying neutrophils, Hidalgo and his coworkers showed that the neutrophils went to the bone marrow to die. While in the bone marrow, the dying neutrophils were phagocytosed (gobbled up) by special cells called macrophages.

Once these bone marrow-located macrophages phagocytose aged neutrophils, they begin to signal to hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow, and these signals drive them to move from the bone marrow to the bloodstream to replenish the neutrophil population.

Hidalgo admits that even though his research has produced some unique answers to age-old questions, it also poses almost as many questions as it answers. For example, Hidalgo and his colleagues showed that neutrophils follow a circadian or day/night rhythm and this has implications for diseases. For instance, the vast majority of heart attacks are in the morning. Does this have something to do with neutrophil aging cycles?

“Our study shows that stem cells are affected by day/night cycles thanks to this cell recycling . It is possible that the malign stem cells that cause cancer use this mechanism to relocate, for example, during metastasis,” said Hidalgo.

Daily changes in neutrophil function could be part of the reason that acute cardiovascular and inflammatory events such as heart attack, sepsis or stroke tend to occur during particular times of the day.

“Given that this new discovery describes fundamental processes in the body that were unknown before, it will now be possible to interpret the alterations to certain physiological patterns that occur in many diseases,” Hidalgo said.

See Cell 2013; 153(5): 1025 DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2013.04.040.