Robert VerBruggen agues that pro-lifers should support the promotion of contraceptives that sometimes may act as abortifacients (“On a LARC,” December 31). The death rate for unimplanted embryos is high, he points out. He then posits that if we had a moral imperative to prevent an embryo from being killed, we would have an equal duty to try to prevent its natural death. But the lengths to which we would have to go to prevent its natural death would be “absurd enough to call into serious question the premise that unimplanted embryos must be protected” at all.
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