1.01.2006

The Pill: Does it Cause Abortions?

Okay, I KNOW this is treacherous ground and that by bringing up this very touchy and very controversial subject, I am going to be stepping on a lot of toes. But this is just to heavy on my heart to ignore right now.

Anybody who knows me well knows that I am pro-live to the core. Some might even think that I'm over-the-top or ultra-conservative on the issue. Call me whatever you want. It doesn't matter to me.

My husband and I have made the decision NOT to go on any form of birth control. It's not that we think it's such a horrible thing. Many of my closest, dearest friends have chosen the pill, the patch or other forms of family planning.

There's just something about birth control that, to me, says "I'm going to play God in this area of my life." Ouch. Sorry if that hurt - that's just the way I feel about it PERSONALLY. Don't take it as a hit. I personally just can't do it in faith, and that which is not of faith is sin. I you can, great.

Don't get me wrong - my husband and I have even had intense conversations about whether waiting to have kids is playing God or just the responsible think for some poeple to do. We've wondered if we're ready to start a family or if "planning" our offspring for a later date would be wise. It is my personal opinion that if you're not ready to start a family, then don't get married because sex is part of marriage and sex was designed for making babies. It's a package deal. But then again, the Bible says that if you're burning with lust you should get married - and I can think of MANY people who are burning with lust who, in my opinion, are not ready to have kids. This is all very debatable, but there's something else that is NOT debatable in my book: The pill can cause abortions.

Now just wait! I didn't say the pill "does" cause abortions or "always" causes abortions...just that it "can" cause abortions. And most of the time, the parents would never even know it. It happens so early, you'd never even know you were pregnant.

I'm begging you - please read this. It's a summary of an 88 page book by a man named Randy Alcorn who did the research and figured it out. Basically, "There are three mechanisms of the birth control pill.

1.) Inhibiting ovulations (primary mechanism)
2.) Thickening the cervical mucus, thereby making it more difficult for sperm to travel to the egg, and
3.) Thinning and shriveling the lining of the uterus to the point that it is unable or less able to facilitate the implantation of the newly fertilized egg.

The first two mechanisms are contraceptive. The third is abortive.

When a woman taking the Pill discovers she is pregnant (according to The Physician's Desk Reference's efficacy rate tables, this is 3 percent of pill-takers each year), it means that all three of these mechanisms have failed. The third mechanism sometimes fails in its role as backup, just as the first and second mechanisms sometimes fail. Each and every time the third mechanism succeeds, however, it causes an abortion."

I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to live with that possibility. Just knowing that by taking the pill, I could potentially be killing my baby - it's not worth it. Who knows - maybe it would never happen...but I'm not willing to take that chance.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING BRAVE ENOUGH TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION. IT SEEMS THAT IT IS NOT "LIKED" AMOUNG MANY CHRISTIANS. THEY DON'T LIKE TO THINK OF THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS--AND IN MY OPINION, THAT IS VERY IRRESPONSIBLE. WE WILL GIVE AN ACCOUNT TO GOD FOR EVERY ACTION. WHAT IS THE TRUE HEART MOTIVE? IF WE CAN'T HAVE FAITH IN GOD TO CONTROL OUR FUTURES, THAN OUR GOD IS TO SMALL. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

Anonymous said...

I'm not arguing with your main point, but I wonder where we draw the line for "playing God" or having "faith in God to control our futures?"

The amish won't put lighting rods in their homes because they think if God wants to hit your house with lightning you should let Him.

Couldn't it be argued that if our God can be thwarted by a piece of metal or a pill He is too small?

Princess Bektra said...

According to an article in the Herald Sun, the pill can cause more than abortions - namely killing your sex drive for life. Check it out here. http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17716876%255E662,00.html

The Charlebois said...

In response to the second comment, you're right, if God can be thwarted by a pill, that God is too small. God CANNOT be thwarted by a pill. If He desires for you to be pregnant, He will make you pregnant.
But here's the scary thing: God will LET US have our way sometimes...which only hinders us from having to fully rely on Him in faith for all things.
If want want to cut off our own womb, God will let us. But all we've learned through that is that I control my body, my family, my finances, and my comfort level. There's no faith involved.

Anonymous said...

Like I said, I am not arguing with your main point, I'm just curious as to where you draw the line for "Playing God"

The God being small was directed at the first comment that said "IF WE CAN'T HAVE FAITH IN GOD TO CONTROL OUR FUTURES, THAN OUR GOD IS TO SMALL." Leaving the abortion issue out of it for a minute, I don't understand that comment at all. What does it mean to have faith in God to control our future? It means we take no action at all. Am I not having faith in God if I have a lightning rod in my roof. I truly don't understand where you draw that line.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that I buy this arguement about abortions. I have close connections to this area of the medical field who would question this research's validity greatly! It is one study, done by one man, who may or may not be influence by presuppositions going into the study. For this research to be conclusive, it must be reproduced and evaluated by multiple sources. As a journalist, I am surprised you would take one source as the authority on this subject!

The Charlebois said...

Oh, no...trust me, this is NOT the only study. I just thought this one was articulated in a simple way that people would understand. There are many, many other sources for this - and as someone with connections the medical field, I would think you could easily find them.
Don't take my word for it - go ahead and do the research yourself! I promise you it's out there.

Anonymous said...

The research that I have found on this particular issue is all done by Catholic researchers or Catholic sponsored researchers who have a vested interest in the results coming out the way they have in such studies. More unbiased research confirms what public belief holds. The pill prevents ovulation making it impossible to cause abortions.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your comments on this issue. It is something the Lord has been laying on my heart lately and I am still searching to find if God is telling me to give him control of my family.