First Congressional District Republican candidate Dean Scontras has his medical terminology a little mixed up.
Here's the first sentence of an October 22 press release on Scontras' campaign Web site: "Dean Scontras, candidate for Maine's 1st Congressional District, issued a statement today regarding the decision by the Portland School Committee to allow the birth control pill, RU-486 (the "Morning After Pill") to be distributed to students at King Middle School without parental consent." [emphasis added]
And here's what's wrong with it:
1. The birth control pill is a medication that uses hormones to prevent ovulation, therefore preventing unwanted pregnancies. It is not RU-486. It is not emergency contraception (the morning-after pill).
2. RU-486 is the medical abortion pill, or pills, that chemically ends an existing pregnancy (an alternative to surgical abortion). It is not a birth control pill. It is not emergency contraception.
3. The morning-after pill is emergency contraception that uses hormones to prevent fertilization of an egg, or implanatation of a fertilized egg in the uterus, within five days of unprotected sex. It is not a traditional birth control method. It is not an abortion pill.
So basically, Scontras conflated three very different drugs in his press release, one of which will definitely NOT be available in schools (RU-486). All this makes his moralizing slightly less compelling, no?
(“To have public school officials making these types decisions and cutting the parents and guardians out of the process makes this even more insidious. This is more than just an embarrassment for Maine and Portland. It appears to be part of the larger agenda by secular progressives to lower our cultural standards, and they are using our young people to do so.”
"This irresponsible action is indicative of the erosion of our cultural values. To have public schools playing a lead role in this is an outrage, and sends exactly the wrong message to our young people. Republicans need leaders who are not afraid to stand up for our core beliefs and values and I look forward to engaging these types of issues head-on during my candidacy for Congress,” concluded Scontras.)