Contraception kills

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Christianity Today surprised me, and many of its readers, I would guess, with an opinion piece carried below the ironic headline, “Contraception Saves Lives.”  Even more surprising, author Rachel Marie Stone lauds Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, making excuses for her eugenic beliefs and saying Planned Parenthood did not provide abortion in Sanger’s lifetime.  My colleague Bryan Kemper wrote about the Sanger apologetics in his blog, so I will concentrate on the dubious claim that contraception saves lives.

First, let’s refute her assertion, now so familiar, that hormonal contraceptives are not abortifacients. That’s nonsense. One of the ways the birth control pill works is by preventing implantation of the embryo in the uterus. That’s abortion to those of us who know that life begins at conception, which, by the way, is a scientific fact.

Now let’s take a look at some the other ways that contraception ends lives.

Ms. Stone’s article mentions the long-acting contraception called Depo-Provera, which is a-once-every-three-months injection. But here are some of the things she didn’t say about Depo-Provera.

In addition to a long list of nasty side effects – blood clots, breast cancer, ectopic pregnancy, depression, excessive weight gain, facial paralysis, hirsutism, cervical cancer, nipple bleeding, and a lack of return to fertility – Depo-Provera increases a woman’s risk of contracting HIV by 40 percent. This is particularly troubling for women in sub-Saharan Africa, where  25,000 million people – 70 percent of the world total – are living with HIV/AIDS.

The Pill is not much better for women, as I outlined in a chapter of my book, “Recall Abortion.” The Pill  poses numerous health risks, including blood clots, increased risks of cardiovas­cular disease,cervical and liver cancer,elevated blood pressure,decreased desire, sexual dysfunction and stroke.

Some Pills are worse than others. In 2006, Bayer Pharmaceuticals burst onto the market with Yaz and Yasmin, drugs that were touted as reliable birth control and miraculous cures for acne and pre-menstrual syndrome.

But Yas and Yasmin are not miracle drugs. As of 2014, Bayer had paid out $1.7 billion – BILLION – to settle 8,250 cases brought against it and there are still thousands of cases pending. Women are suffering from gall bladder disease, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and other diseases. In Canada, the deaths of 23 women have been linked to Yaz and Yasmin.

How many deaths does it take before we stop calling a drug safe? I think one death is too many, and here’s why.

After I finished giving a talk in Naples, Florida, a woman approached me to tell me a story about her friend’s daughter, who was prescribed Yaz for a serious acne condition by the campus physician. After taking Yaz for just three months, the girl collapsed one day in her dorm and was rushed to the hospital. She fell into a coma that lasted five years and ended with her death.

So please, Christianity Today, don’t tell me contraception saves lives. That is simply not true.

(For more in-depth information about the perils of the Pill, please go to www.recallabortion.com and order a copy of my book.)

 

4 Responses to “Contraception kills”

  1. asuffusionofyellow says:

    In a comment on another article, an atheist commenter claimed that contraception saves lives by preventing abortion. It’s not just that every method of contraception (except natural family planning) carries a risk to the mother, sometimes a very high risk. Acceptance of contraception into one’s life and family posits acceptance of/opens the door to all the assumptions put forth in the modern ideology: sex as a pleasure entitlement, so-called overpopulation, the right of the social engineers to decide who is “fit” and who is not, the right of the woman over God’s right over the woman, and violence against the helpless innocents.

  2. […] to an article entitled “Contraception Saves Lives” published in Christianity Today. Janet’s blog and this article remind me of conversations I’ve had over the years with members of my family […]

  3. Kathleen Goryl says:

    Please see Professor Janet E. Smith’s research on contraceptives. In contrast to what our government is claiming that contraceptives reduce unwed pregnancy & abortion. Her data show the opposite, contraceptives fuel abortion. Professor Smith details the hormonal interactions and notes failure rates of contraceptives. Contraceptives are not “preventive care” per US Preventive Services Taskforce who does not include contraceptives in their list of published recommendations. Contraceptives go against 2 of their published recommendations, on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and breast cancer. Contraceptives are associated with breast cancer.

  4. Mrs. Mary Alice Dooley says:

    At the age of 23, I was a virgin and I planned to get married to my future husband, Tim, and I decided to use contraceptives. We were married in 1971. Although being raised Catholic and graduating from the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland, I decided I would use the birth control pill. For some reason I could not take the birth control pill, so I decided I would go to the Planned Parenthood in downtown Baltimore. Although it has been about 45 years ago, I still remember I got a parking ticket because I parked my car too close to a fire hydrant directly in front of the Planned Parenthood building. That should have been my first sign that something was wrong here. It was at Planned Parenthood that an I.U.D. was inserted. I do remember that one of the doctors that treated me was very unfriendly and indifferent. It seemed that he was doing some type of perfunctory duty and wasn’t too happy to be working at the clinic. He made some very crude statements which were very derogatory to me as a young woman.

    A few years later I did give birth to a beautiful baby girl named Kristie. Shortly after her birth I had a complete nervous breakdown. In medical terms I experienced a Post-Partum Psychosis. It was truly the worse experience of my life. I stayed about two months in a woman’s sanitarium called Gundry on the ground where a mental hospital “Spring Grove” was located here in Catonsville where we now live. My testimony doesn’t end here. After I went home, I went back to Planned Parenthood and was fitted for another I.U.D. not really realizing any side effects using the I.U.D. had. We did have another son, Gregory, several years later. I went to my gynecologist after his birth and was again fitted for another I.U.D. A couple years latter when I thought the I.U.D. was in place properly and I checkly regularly to see that was in place, I conceived another baby. I carried our child till she was five months old. I was rushed to the hospital emergency room where several doctors and other hospital personnel tried to save our baby. I remember they had a hard time trying to save her life. SHE WAS BORN WITH HER LITTLE HANDS CLUTCHING THE I.U.D. which I now feel caused her death. She was born alive but only for a very short time. We named her Kelly. I can’t remember now how we decided on that name. Maybe because my husband and his side of the family is Irish.

    Because of the aftereffects and damage now done to my uterus, I was told I could no longer have any more children or it would probably cause MY DEATH. I then had to have a tubal ligation. It is with regret that I made these poor choices which were irreversible.

    I now realize the use of the contraceptive device, Intrauterine Uterine Device, did not work in preventing my pregnancy, but did cause the DEATH of our baby girl, Kelly. We look forward to spending eternity with her in HEAVEN.

    Mary Alice & Tim Dooley

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