The Radical Notion That All Life Should Be Valued & That Truth Will Prevail

Friday, January 21, 2011

Birth Control

Alright, so this post is by Abby Johnson on birth control. Birth control is ok, I guess but the hormonal birth control can cause early abortions. Personally, I think Christian couples should just leave birth control alone and trust God on the amount of children they have but I hear Christians shouting "we all will be like the Dugger family!" Yeah right; look back in the Bible. They didn't use birth control and not all them had 10+ kids. But if you're going to use birth control (and you're prolife) please keep in mind certain forms of birth control can cause early abortions.

"Not all birth control causes abortions. Some do. Hormonal birth control and the Paragard IUD can cause abortions. Those all have abortifacient properties. These birth control options work in a couple different ways. One way is to prevent ovulation. But if that fails (and it often does) and “breakthrough ovulation” occurs, then conception can occur. Conception is when the egg and sperm meet. DNA is formed and life begins. Another way hormonal methods work is by irritating the uterine lining to the point that a fertilized egg (a human person) would not be able to implant on the uterine wall and begin to grow. So, the woman passes the fertilized egg (human person) with her cycle and miscarries without even knowing it. It is sad, but that happens MANY times while women are on hormonal methods.

Studies show that contraception DOESN’T actually reduce the number of abortions. A recent study actually showed the opposite. The higher the contraception rate, the higher the abortion rate. Interesting, huh?? Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s hired research firm) actually showed similar statistics. On their website,, they show that 60% of abortive women state that they were using a contraceptive method at the time they got pregnant. Hmmm. I thought the “typical” (failure) rate of hormonal and barrier methods was around 5-10%. Guess someone got that wrong!! And here’s the truth from my experience. I rarely counseled a women who was having an abortion that wasn’t using a method when she got pregnant. That is the truth. Yes, there are some women who say…well, I just wasn’t using anything! But most were using something; condoms, the pill (most common), depo, IUD, SOMETHING!

And OF COURSE they would be on a method! Our society today makes women feel like it is riskier NOT to be on a hormonal method. Totally ridiculous. It is risky TO BE pumping artificial hormones into your body!! These hormones have been linked to reproductive cancers, strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis, nerve disorders, future infertility, food allergies, metabolic disorders, and many other things!! But we think it is riskier NOT to take them?? We think getting pregnant is riskier than those diseases I listed above?? Really? And you know what makes this even better? All of those risks are listed in the package insert. But no one takes the time to read them…and your doctor sure doesn’t take the time to go over them with you. Doctors give out birth control pills like they are handing out M&M’s. They treat women like we are too stupid to understand our bodies. Like we are second class citizens when it comes to health care. And, honestly, we are partially to blame to for that. We have allowed it happen.

Birth control enslaves women to their fertility. It puts all of the responsibility on them. And that is exactly what it was intended to do. Birth control was created so that people could have sex without consequences. What has happened since then? Women are turned into sexual objects for men to yearn for…and we allow ourselves to be lusted after. All for a society of sex without consequences. That is not what sex was intended for. That is not what fertility was intended for. Fertility was meant to be a shared partnership between a husband and wife. A partnership that is open to life. Not one where women feel like failures when they see that positive pregnancy test. Not one where men blame their wives for getting pregnant. That is not how this is supposed to work." ~Abby Johnson

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