contraceptive (CON-tra-SEP-tiv) noun
1. An object that prevents conception.
Education of both men and women is a wonderful contraceptive. – Henry W. Kendall
2. An object that causes an abortion.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: It is a contraceptive drug, not an abortifacient… It does not interfere with a pregnancy. If the morning pill were taken, and a female were pregnant, the pregnancy is not interrupted. That’s the definition of abortifation.
Sebelius: That’s what the scientists and doctors…
Murphy: We’re not talking about scientists. Ma’m we’re not talking about scientists here, we’re talking about religious belief. Ma’m, I’m asking you about a religious belief. In a religious belief, that is a violation of a religious belief. (Full quote here).
Synonyms: (in unlearned communities) aspirin, education.
© 2012 Jay P Laughlin