Contraception

contraceptionContraception is any product, prescription or over the counter, that is designed to make it difficult for the sexual act to result in the creation of a baby.  To put it simply, contraception is anti-baby.

But there is a lot more to the story than a simple explanation of the philosophy behind it.

EXAMPLE: The Birth Control Pill and Abortion

Ever since 1960 when the first birth control pill was approved for prescription use (see reference), there has been a concerted effort to deny the possibility that the pill can abort a baby.  The propaganda behind this argument took on a whole new identity when in 1965 the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) issued a bulletin in which the official definition of pregnancy was changed from fertilization to implantation (see reference).

What does this mean?

The beginning of most human being’s lives is when the male sperm and the female egg unite at fertilization in the mother’s fallopian tube.  At that instant a new individual is created whose DNA is unique.  He is a single cell embryo, a unique human being. contraception_diagram

Now think about the new definition of pregnancy and what that means. 

It means that any baby who is attempting to make his way from his mother’s fallopian tube to the wall of her uterus where he can implant himself could die because his mother is using the birth control pill.  By changing the definition of pregnancy from fertilization to implantation, the first week of any baby’s life is not recognized and therefore if he dies because of the action of the pill or other form of contraception, nobody realizes an abortion has occurred.

The Propaganda Campaign versus the facts

Today proponents of hormonal contraception — particularly the pill — contend that contraception does not cause abortion. They argue that contraception prevents pregnancy and thereby reduces the need for induced abortion. But the facts do not support their deceptive claims.

According to the patient package inserts (see reference) that accompany any brand of birth control pill, hormonal birth control has three modes of action; that is, it can work in one of three ways:

•    Prevent or delay the release of an ooctye (egg) from the ovary (ovulation). However, women can and do experience “breakthrough ovulation” — meaning that an oocyte is released from the ovary, thus making fertilization possible.

•    Cause the cervical mucus to thicken, making it difficult for the sperm to reach the oocyte. It is possible, though, for the sperm to break through the mucus and for fertilization to occur.

•    Thin the lining of the uterus (endometrium) so as to inhibit implantation.

The package inserts for all forms of hormonal contraception clearly indicate that each can work to prevent a the human embryonic human being from implanting in the uterine wall.

Therefore, if a woman ingests hormonal contraception after fertilization has taken place, the third mode of action can occur. The lining of the uterus can be altered causing the woman’s body to reject the living human embryo, making implantation impossible and the child will die. This result is called a chemical abortion. 

Potential users of chemical birth control are not told that these drugs may abort an established pregnancy. As soon as that preborn child comes into existence, he has established himself as present and his mother is already an expectant mother.  But if nobody explains to her that the contraceptive she is using could kill that baby, then she may be unknowingly aborting her own children. To fail to explain this to a female patient is NOT informed consent. 

 

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