you are like almost every other recently engaged
or newlywed couple, you have probably given some
thought to the subject of birth control. Hopefully,
you have even talked this over some with your
soon-to-be mate. As you look forward to your wedding
and your new life together, birth control is one
topic that you and your future mate would be wise
article is designed to be a simple, brief review
of the subject of birth control, from a Christian,
Biblical perspective. It was written by a young
couple who married not too long ago, and had to
sort through the issue of birth control. Please
read this through, and prayerfully consider its
is birth control?
today's modern technology, the newly married couple
is bombarded with more choices of birth control
than ever before. There are dozens of options,
and this can make thinking through the alternatives
distinction exists between contraceptive birth
control (Contraceptives) and abortifacient birth
control (Abortifacients). Contraceptives include
the so-called barrier methods: the condom, the
diaphragm, the cervical cap; and anti-sperm methods
such as the sponge, jellies, foams and creams.
These methods prevent sperm from fertilizing an
egg, which starts a new human life.
cause abortions. To put it bluntly, abortifacients
kill pre-born children. Most Christians consider
that the use of abortifacients is a personal choice.
However, very few have really taken the time to
understand that abortifacients cause growing little
sons and daughters to die.
is "the Pill"?
Pill is a group of more than 50 similar types
of abortifacients. These pills are taken orally,
usually every day. They have three ways of working:
They prevent ovulation by suppressing the part
of the brain which signals for ovulation to begin.
They change the lining in the cervix to make it
more difficult for sperm to pass through and fertilize
They prevent implantation of newly conceived human
life on the lining of the womb.1,2
first two methods are contraceptive in nature,
the last one causes abortions. The developers
of the Pill realized that using only the first
two mechanisms would let too many women become
pregnant. So they added a chemical which denies
the growing baby the opportunity to continue developing
properly. The new pre-born baby starves to death
and passes out from the mother's body.
conservative estimates state that the Pill kills
children between two and ten percent of the time.3
However, this does not account for two very important
Many medicines such as antibiotics and several
other external factors increase the abortion-causing
nature of the Pill.4,5
Since 1988, the amount of the contraceptive component
of the Pill was lowered, which allows the abortion-causing
component of the Pill to come into play more often.
This results in more abortions. It is estimated
that some forms of the Pill of today cause abortions
up to fifty percent of the time.6 Whether two
or fifty percent, what Christians would ever consider
gambling with the lives of their own children?
the more serious side effects of the pill are
possible infertility, cervical cancer, breast
cancer, tubal pregnancy inflammatory disease,
increased chances of contracting sexually transmitted
diseases, gall bladder disease, blindness, strokes,
blood clots and even death.7,8,9
is the IUD?
IUD (Intra-uterine device) does nothing but cause
early abortions. Inserted past the cervix, the
IUD inflames the lining of the womb and stops
implantation of the developing child.
do nothing to prevent conception from taking place.
Their only function is to cause these early abortions.
side effects of the IUD are possible perforation
of the uterus, temporary or permanent sterility,
tubal pregnancy, future miscarriages, pelvic inflammatory
disease, and even death.10
is a series of capsules which are implanted under
the skin. It is designed to be effective for up
to five years. Norplant acts as both a contraceptive
and an abortifacient. Studies show that it may
cause abortions fifty to sixty-five percent of
growing number of lawsuits are being filed against
the makers of Norplant because of the difficulty
of removal. Reported side effects include weight
gain, nausea, yeast infections, and acne. The
most serious side effects include heart attacks,
strokes and nerve damage.12,13,14
is an injection received every three months. It
acts as both a contraceptive and an abortifacient.
It has the same three mechanisms that the Pill
does, two are contraceptive, and one is abortion
causing. Depo-Provera may cause abortions forty
to sixty percent of the time. 15
side effects include an increased risk of breast
cancer, mood swings, blood pressure problems,
and weight gain.16,17
is the future of abortifacients?
abortifacients mentioned are the most common on
the market. There are dozens of products in various
stages of research, development or testing. RU-486
is just another of these human pesticides.
latest abortifacient being used at several sites
across the U.S. is the methotrexate/misoprostol
combination.18 Like RU-486, it is purely abortifacient
and not contraceptive. Methotrexate is an extremely
aggressive chemical used in chemotherapy to eradicate
cancer.19 Unfortunately, it also acts very brutally
towards the pre-born child. Any standard drug
reference manual should warn against pregnant
women using this drug for any reason for the "risk
to the unborn child" that it poses.20
are also several vaccines being developed to prevent
pregnancy. Some versions claim to be effective
for up to five years. They work by stimulating
the woman's immune system to produce antibodies
which attack the sperm or any newly conceived
baby. All of the methods being tested seem able
to produce abortions and kill helpless human life.
mentioned before, only a few methods of birth
control called contraception are truly contraceptives.
These are the condom, the diaphragm, the cervical
cap, and the anti-sperm agents. While these methods
do not cause abortions, a Christian couple should
still weigh the facts carefully and consider Scripture
before deciding to use one of them.
abortifacients and contraceptives are not the
same thing, it is a mistake to assume that they
are not related. Both have so much to do with
how we view Christian marriage and children. Society
views children as a burden; the Bible views them
as blessings and gifts (Psalm 127:3-5).
you decide that contraception is what you really
want, ask yourself, "In light of Scripture,
why do we want to deny ourselves blessings and
gifts from God?" Ask yourself, "Can
we plan our family better than God can?"
invite you to join us in the conviction that children
are among the most wonderful blessings and gifts
in the world. We believe that God can plan our
families infinitely better than we ever could!
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to Couple League Int'l Inc., PO Box 111184 Cincinnati
OH, 42511-1184, (1993), pp. 2-3.
2. Ehmann, Dr. Rudolf. Abortifacient Contraception:
The Pharmaceutical accutical Holocaust, Human
Life International, 7845 Airpark Rd ., Ste. E
Gaithersburg, MD 20879, (1993), p.1.
3. Infant Homicides Through Contraceptives, 2nd
ed, Eternal Life, PO Box 787 Bardstown, KY 40004,
4. Ibid., p. 2.
5. Ehmann, pp. 16-17.
6. The Birth Control Game: With Lffe, American
Life League/ Pharmacists for Life, PO Box 1350
Stafford, VA 22554, (1990), p. 2.
7. Appleton, Joan. The Pill: The Oral Method of
Contraception, Pro-Life Action Ministries, PO
Box 75368 St. Paul, MN 55175, (1995).
8. Oral Contraceptives Facts Sheet, Pharmacists
for Life, PO Box 1281 Pawell, OH 43065-1281,(n.d.),p.
9. The Medical Hazards of the Birth Control Pill,
Child and Family Reprints, PO Box 508, Oak Park,
IL 60303 (1969),p. 32.
10. lnfant HornicidesThroughCaltraceptives,p.
11. lbid,pp. 28-29.
12. Norplant Facts Summary, Pharmacists far Life,
PO Box 1281 Powell, OH 43065-1281, (n.d ), p.
13. Reynolds, Barbara. Women Suffering frorn Norplant
Arm-Twisting, U.S.A Today, (July 15, 1994), p.
14. Norplant Systems Package Insert, Wyeth Laboratories
Inc., Philadelphia, PA 19101.
15. lnfant Homicides Through Contraceptives ,p.
16. Ibid, pp. 11-12.
17. Beil, Laura, Popularity of Depo-Provera Soaring
Despite Concerns of Minority by Women, Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel, (November 27,1995), p. 7E.
18. Beginnings, Pharmacists For Life, Vol. XI
No. 5, p; 3.
19. Gr.iffith H. Winter. Complete Guide To Prescription
and Non-prescription Drugs, 7th ed, The Body Press,
360 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90048 (1990)
21. Infant Homicides Through Contraceptives, p.40.
22. Beginnings, Pharmacists far Life, Vol. XI
No. 2, p. 3.
23. Birth Control Game: Gambling With Life, pp.