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.

Representative Tim Murphy: Ma’m that is your interpretation, and I appreciate that’s your interpretation.

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


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