You might want to make yourself a cup of tea (or fetch something stronger) before you read this. I had no idea, and I bet you didn’t either. In fact many doctors didn’t know this. Hidden from us by the (p)harmaceutical industry, the very definition of pregnancy was changed to ensure that these drugs could not be called abortifacients.
I have been blessed (oddly) to be someone who reacts rather badly to pharma drugs, so I have to be very careful and take few, and rarely, things which are necessary. I was never in a position to use the pill, although I took the morning after pill two or three times over the years (and reacted badly). After I became a believer, it dawned on me that perhaps I had been pregnant during those times, and I had to repent. It grieved me that I may have been responsible for that, although I didn’t know if I was.
That wasn’t on my mind however when I came across a random meme:
I counted up (34 was my score, by the way – 34!) and came across number 32, and immediately went to look up whether this could possibly be true. Oh absolute horrors, it is. I’ll quote from this excellent article, and I urge you to go and read it all. [Emphasis added]
In order to prevent pregnancy, birth control pills employ several mechanisms. First, the synthetic hormones may convince a woman’s body that she is pregnant. This can stop the ovaries from releasing an egg. The Pill also makes it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, because the hormones thicken the cervical mucus, making it difficult for the sperm to live and move. The Pill also creates changes in the uterus and fallopian tubes that can interfere with the transport of sperm.
Despite the hormones’ ability to prevent the release of eggs, sometimes a “breakthrough ovulation” takes place. How often this happens depends upon several factors, such as which kind of pill the woman is taking, how consistently she takes her pills, and even how much she weighs. Even with correct and consistent use of the Pill, some formulas allow ovulation in less than 2 percent of cycles, while others allow a woman to ovulate during 65 percent of her cycles.
When a woman ovulates, she can become pregnant. However, the Pill has mechanisms that can cause an abortion before a woman knows that she has conceived.
These mechanisms include preventing the fertilised egg from implanting in the wall of the uterus. This causes it to starve and die.
Previously doctors had considered that life begins at conception (a view I’m sure you all share). In order to get around this issue, the definition was changed: [emphasis added]
Because many women would never have agreed to use a drug or device that could cause an early abortion, those in favor of such contraceptives knew that the issue had to be resolved. In 1964 a Planned Parenthood doctor speaking of another type of abortifacient birth control recommended that scientists not “disturb those people for whom this is a question of major importance.” He added that judges and theologians trust the medical community, and “if a medical consensus develops and is maintained that pregnancy, and therefore life, begins at implantation, eventually our brethren from the other faculties will listen.”
One year later the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) decided to redefine pregnancy. In its words, “conception is the implantation of a fertilized ovum.” Instead of defining conception as fertilization, ACOG decided that life begins nearly a week later, at implantation. At the time they said that this was because pregnancy could not be detected before then. Today science is able to detect pregnancy before implantation, but the ACOG still won’t correct its definition.
According to this article (Link) the number of chemical abortions these medications cause is really shocking:
Some researchers (using very conservative figures) have calculated that the birth prevention pill directly causes between 1.53 and 4.15 million chemical abortions per year in the United States — up to two and a half times the total number of surgical abortions committed every year!
Let me put that in perspective:
I’m sure you are as appalled as I am.
This issue applies to all hormonal birth control, from oral contraceptives to implantable types.
So what to do?
If you have taken or used hormonal contraceptives in the past, or are now, you need to find out the method of action in the brand or type you use. Once you know how it works, and whether this issue has affected you, it’s time to draw close to God and to declare yourself, as His child, grieved to have been duped, and repentant for the consequences of that. The medical profession has yet another “black mark” against them for lying to the public. Informed consent only works if you are informed.
To be sharing this with you all is both a source of grief but also I am somehow relieved too, in that we can now say we know and decide how to go forward with the facts out in the open.
When we are ignorant of the truth we can be manipulated to make bad choices. Now we know we can decide to do things differently. Be gentle on yourself – you didn’t know the truth, but you do now.
God Bless you