The Wall Street Journal has an article this week on a regulation being drafted by the Bush Administration regarding pregnancy, stating that the
proposed definition of pregnancy that has the effect of classifying some of the most widely used methods of contraception as abortion.
A draft regulation, still being revised and debated, treats most birth-control pills and intrauterine devices as abortion because they can work by preventing fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. The regulation considers that destroying ‘the life of a human being.’
Presidents may issue regulations as part of their power to give executive orders. Executive orders may be overturned by courts and later presidents, or foiled by Congress (if they pass legislation in conflict with the order or fail to provide it with necessary funds), however in the resulting legal curfuffle many women would be deprived of their access to birth control pills.