Friday, January 30, 2009

Contraception Myth #52: Contraception can cause abortion

There are some folks who say that using certain types of contraception can actually allow an egg to be fertilized only to be killed by not being able to implant in the uterus. If that’s true then how can you possibly be ok with contraception yet condemn abortion? That doesn’t even make sense. Good thing this is just a myth, right?

Guess what? Some myths are true.

Do you know someone, or know of someone, who’s gotten pregnant while on the pill? I do and you probably do, too. That pretty much means that yes, you can get pregnant while on the pill, it happens, although rarely.

What’s less well-known is that the pill, or anything that messes with a woman’s hormones to contracept, does more than just stop a woman from releasing an egg (which is the main way it stops conception), but they also harden the lining of the uterus.

Ok, maybe you didn’t learn this in 7th grade health, but an egg gets fertilized in a place called a fallopian tube. The fertilized egg, now a zygote or baby depending on whom you ask, floats down to the uterus and implants on the uterine wall. This is necessary for the placenta and umbilical cord to form.

If the zygote can’t implant on the uterine wall there is absolutely no way it can survive. He or she, sex is already determined at this point, will die from lack of nutrition and eventually be passed, probably without the baby’s mother even knowing.

IUD’s work exclusively this way. They don’t stop conception at all, they just irritate the lining of the uterus so a zygote can’t implant.

Catholics believe that life begins at conception. There is no logical way that the above can be true and not say that this is an abortion. Life began, and then that life ended by purposeful human intervention. A soul was put into a body, and then that body was killed. If that’s not abortion, then what is?

Isn’t it interesting that the medical community is beginning to say life begins at implantation? Seems like a clever way of denying the abortive properties of contraception; just change the definition of when life begins and it’s all good.

I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on this. It’s a very sensitive issue, so I’d be interested in what you think about it.

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