Well, the most bananas statement ever uttered happened last week. Right wing radio host, Kevin Swanson, host of Generations Radio, decided to regale us with the most up-to-date scientific research. And by “up-to-date” I mean the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard:
I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women’s wombs after they’ve gone through the surgery, and they’ve compared the wombs of women who were on the birth control pill to those who were not on the birth control pill. And they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. They’re just like dead babies. They’re on the inside of the womb. And these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.
What are you talking about, Kevin?! Do you also believe homunculuses (homunculi?) are real?
First of all, this is crazy pants. Second of all, we need to stop calling every stage of fetal development a fetus. It’s not. An embryo doesn’t become a fetus until around the tenth week of gestation. So it’s impossible for tiny fetuses to be embedded in the walls of the uterus. Or, as delusional radio hosts would day, the womb.
Third of all, this isn’t how menstruation works. My uterus isn’t full of unfertilized eggs. I can’t believe I have to say this, but the whole point of menstruation is to, you know, clean that sucker out. And the whole point of birth control is to keep the egg from getting fertilized and implanted in the first place. So, in case you were wondering, there’s no chance anybody’s uterus is filling up with hundreds of tiny, tiny fetuses.
Honestly, I don’t even know what else to say. Tiny fetuses embedded in the uteruses of women who take birth control pills? Is there some kind of secret anti-choice contest to say the wackiest thing relating to human reproduction? I thought Todd Akin was a shoe in, but, suddenly, we have a new contender.
I don’t know who these people are trying to kid. Do they think the public is completely ignorant of basic science? This is 101 stuff. People know enough to not take this seriously, right?
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