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Are Birth Control Pills Abortion

After the question of capital punishment and abortion let us tighten the screws on our conscience a little tighter. Is taking birth control pills a forum of self-induced abortion?

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Tony - about half to three quarters of the Bible church I went to back East was composed of former Roman Catholics. There are the type that seek the spiritual food found in His word.

The Roman Church has for years given their people only bread crumbs to eat telling them that is Jesus; no wonder they were straving for His word.

As to denominations, again, the Roman Church had it beginning as a denomination with the Council of Trent in the 16th century.
---lee on 3/8/07


Lee,

I respectfully disagree. Firstly, you metaphor is gross and seems hate filled. Secondly, these denominations aren't oozing away from the church as you contend. They are splitting among themselves like a cancer, already having made the break long ago from the Church long ago. Luther's Thesis' didn't dispute nor even allow for dispute many of the items that the church is attacked for now.
Multi-denominations is as much of a Protestant problem as it is a Catholic one.
---Tony on 3/8/07


tony - *...33,000 denominations and counting...*

And like a festering sore, some are continuing to ooze out of the Roman Church as well which by the way is just another denomination among others that believes itself to be the way, the truth & the life.

If your doctrine is not from the Scripture, then you only have what is known as the word of man.
---lee on 3/7/07


A further insight is that the number one reason that abortions are sought is failed contraception. Even if the Pill never caused an abortion, the fruits of this contraceptive are all negative. Divorce has risen with the increase in the availability of the Pill, abortions have increased too, nothing good has come from it. The Pill and other forms of contraception were not created simply to improve family life but to reduce the risks of getting caught when engaging in pre-marital or extra-marital sex.
---lorra8574 on 3/7/07


Lee,

Another example of turning blinders to common sense and just plain thinking too much. When that part of scripture was written do you think it even remotely applied to whether or not a zygote has blood within it. Sola scriptura is way too open ended as demonstrated again. 33,000 denominations and counting...
---Tony on 3/7/07




Hi Carla; my ex's first wife got pregnant on the pill unexpectedly--by having to take antibiotics--oops! :D She had a cute little boy though long after Bill and I got married; oh and some of us are blessed to NOT have children. I begged God for years and now I thank Him--couldn't have survived the stress or made a good mother.
---Mary on 3/6/07


Jeremiah 1:5 says that even before then you belong to God. Heaven help the person who dares to violate one called forth by God into the womb.
---lorra8574 on 3/6/07


No birth control pills do not cause an abortion even if there is a fertilzed egg.

The Scripture states that the life is in the blood and a fertilized egg does not have any blood in it until about 2 weeks later, hence there is no life.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: ...
---lee on 3/6/07


Mima :: If you really desire to tighten the screws of YOUR Concience you do need to rephrase the question.As a man or woman?
---Emcee on 3/6/07


God is the author of all life. Biblically, fertility is a blessing and infertility is a curse. While working with our fertility to either have or not have children as fits our situation seems appropriate; how does deliberately putting ourselves in a physical state of infertility, even if only temporarily, a Biblical response to God's call to go forth and multiply?
---lorra8574 on 3/6/07




Until 1950's almost all mainstream Christian churches were adamently opposed to birth control. Enter the sexual revolution and Viola,we have flip flopping of ideology.If you truly believe God never gives you more than you can handle, can you honestly say you have "faith" in the Lord when you but a deliberate and artificial barrier between this beautiful gift? He said "Go forth and multiply" not "Go forth and multiply (if it isn't a burden to your 401k and retirement plans.")
---Tony on 3/6/07


Frankly, I find this question ridiculous. The birth control pill prevents ovulation. If there is a chance it also prevents an egg from attaching itself to the uterine wall, so beit. The primary purpose of the pill is to prevent fertilization. The morning after pill is the one that prevents the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall.
---Madison1101 on 3/6/07


There is a form of surgery that is provided for women with heavy bleeding the removes the uterine lining altogether. The woman can no longer get pregnant, as there is no uterine lining. To hear some of you talk, you would tell a Christian woman she should not have that surgery, because any eggs she releases would be aborted. By the way, I have had that surgery, and have no qualms about it.
---Madison1101 on 3/6/07


I find it interesting that Mima has not returned to participate in his discussion, since it was his comments that started this blog.
---Madison1101 on 5/24/06
CHECK OUT THAT DATE, FOLKS

Still nothing from him(?)
---Observer on 3/6/07


Lorra: Please cite your sources. All of my research tells me that there are two separate pills. One is to prevent ovulation, the other is to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting. The latter is offered to rape victims to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. The former is to prevent the sperm and egg from meeting.
---Madison1101 on 3/6/07


I know that Catholics believe that. But the truth is; as Kevin Trudeau would say "birth control pills are not good for your body anyway." Use condoms if you are worried. We as Americans eat enough toxic foods already; why add to it.
---Emilie on 3/6/07


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Madisson, modern forms of the Pill work with three built-in methods: the first is to stop ovulation, the second is to thicken the cervical mucus to impede the progress of sperm up to the egg, and the third method is a back up if the first two methods fail - it will cause the membrane in your uterus to thin and therefore cause a fertilized egg to be unable to implant thus causing it to be aborted. Now how often this happens is unknown, but is it ok to kill someone if it is just once?
---lorra8574 on 3/6/07


At times yes. if conception happens Birthcontrol pill will not allow implantation so they can cause abortions. But usually they prevent conception and in that case they are ok. If you don't want to abort a conceptous then look carefully at what type of BC Pill you use.
---Jared on 3/6/07


Mima: I suggest you do some research as this question shows a lot of ignorance. Birth Control pills stop ovulation. Therefore the sperm is unable to fertilize the egg. Since there is no fertilized egg, there cannot be a baby, or a fetus or an embryo.

Birth Control pills have absolutely nothing to do with abortion.
---Madison1101 on 3/6/07


it's not abortion yet, cause you are not pregnant. it's preventtion of life. Pray for guidance
---tonya3849 on 8/2/06


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Christina, you asked: "Do you believe there is anything wrong with having lots of children? Just curious"

No, there is nothing wrong with having all the children you want, as long as YOU are paying for them and not me.

I asked the question because of the way Candice came across. Being a good stewart means being able to decide how many children you can support. I grew up in a family of 5 children, my wife, 6 children.. We have 2, never wanted any more.
---NurseRobert on 7/12/06


I'm confused as to why this question is even being asked. Is anyone else? The answer is so simple: NO The pill prevents conception.
---angela on 7/12/06


No birth control pills are not abortion. What they do is prevent a pregnancy from occurring.
---Helen_5378 on 7/10/06


That is Impossible, and the answer still stands
no-one can.
---Carla5754 on 7/9/06


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NO! Research the facts.
---Criss on 6/7/06


How many of these nurses can put hand on heart and say in every single instance there has never been conception by the use of the pill Case Rests.
---Carla5754 on 5/26/06


Marya, if something is "suppressed" it means that it's "prevented".

If the egg breaks through the ovary wall and floats down the Fallopian tube, ovulation was neither "suppressed" nor "prevented."

If it is fertilized by a sperm en route, conception--the beginning of a new human being--has taken place.

Should the zygote/blastocel be prevented from attaching to the uterine wall, I will leave to your consciences to determine what to call this.
---Jack on 5/25/06


Pill suppresses ovulation; does not prevent it. Ovulation can happen even with pill. If fertilization (conception) occurs, pill may prevent fertilized egg from attaching to uterus, thus preventing pregnancy but not conception. Guess it all depends on when you think life begins.
---marya4586 on 5/24/06


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I find it interesting that Mima has not returned to participate in his discussion, since it was his comments that started this blog.
---Madison1101 on 5/24/06


Abortion is the termination of a preganancy already in progress. The pill prevents a preganancy from occurring in the first place. Seriously folks! Let's have a discussion that at least borders on intelligence. Prevention does not equal termination and anyone who says otherwise is uneducated!
---Criss on 5/24/06


Nurse Robert, you ask Candice how many children she has. Do you believe there is anything wrong with having lots of children? Just curious
---christina on 5/24/06


2. Sadly, here in U.K. this pill is being used more and more by young girls who can just walk into a pharmacy and ask for it. The term 'emergency contraceptive' is politically correct I feel as it sounds so much more decent than 'abortion pill'. Unfortunately, with the attitude to abortion amongst many people now though, even if correctly named many would see it as simply a much easier way of having an abortion than waiting a few weeks and having something more invasive.
---M.P. on 5/24/06


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Correct Madison, the morning after pill is often discussed as if it were an emergency 'contraceptive' but the word contraceptive means to prevent conception when, in fact conception either will or will not have already taken place by the time this pill is taken. It is therefore used to dispel any baby at the earliest stage possible (if a baby is there) but that, of course, is not contraception as the other 'pill' is. cont'd.
---M.P. on 5/24/06


Kennedy,you belong on the Humor Blog!
Married sex is for enjoyment as well as procreation!
---NVBarbara on 5/24/06


As for Kennedy, no married couple should be told that the sex they enjoy is sin because they want to enjoy it at any time of the month. Read 1 Corinthians 7.
---Madison1101 on 5/23/06


After doing some research, it is clear that there are two very separate names for the pills being discussed here. One is the Birth Control pill, which prevents ovulation from taking place, thereby preventing an egg from being fertilized. It is the one that most women refer to as the PILL. The second is the Morning After Pill, which is considered emergency contraception. That is the one where the fertilized egg is expelled from the uterus, preventing implantation into the endometrium.
---Madison1101 on 5/23/06


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You cannot abort what does not exist yet- how is taking a pill that prevents you from getting pregnant (creating a BABY) abortion? No baby=no abortion.....simple
---T.S. on 5/23/06


Kennedy- are you for real?! "lack of discipline and self control"?! What in the world is THAT supposed to mean? That a MARRIED couple should only have sex at certain times of the month, and if they do otherwise, they are sinning?! Give me a break, you CAN'T be serious! And as far as the 'withdrawal' method, well- that's just disgusting is all that is
---T.S. on 5/23/06


The Bible does not address birth control, and therefore, Christians have no business telling anyone how they should do their family planning. The decision to use birth control is between husband and wife. If they choose to use any form it does not show a lack of faith, but one of good stewardship. We have too many people just making babies and not able to support them. Barefoot and pregnant is not the way women are supposed to spend their lives.
---Madison1101 on 5/23/06


The Morning After Pill is available to the general public. The Morning After Pill affects the uterine lining, so that if there is a conception, it cannot implant within the uterus. I believe that women should have the choice to have children and plan them. This has nothing to do with their faith; rather it shows responsibility. I would rather a woman who doesn't want to be a mother, use a form of birth control, than to get pregnant, and have to make a difficult choice of birth, adoption or abortion.
---Grace on 5/23/06


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After much research on the different types of birthcontrol the ones I disliked were the combination Pill and coils(various types) on reading the information, most of the pills available allowed fertilisation,
''the womb becames a hostile
environment for the egg to attach and is it passes through menstuation''(aborted)

amounts to legalised murder to me the coil prevents the egg from being attached,same conclusion.
---Carla5754 on 5/23/06


The 2 common types of pill do not always stop ovulation. Other processes related to hormones in the pill can prevent fertilized egg from attaching to wall of uterus. In the scientific sense of terms such as 'conception', the pill is an abortfacient(sp?).
---marya4598 on 5/23/06


Kennedy from what I can see of the story regarding Onan, God punished him for not wishing to father a child which would be brought up as if it were his brother's, not just because he didn't want a child. I don't believe the punishment was so much for what he did but rather for WHY he did it.
---emg on 5/23/06


Madison: Did you notice that I said SOME forms of the pill do not prevent ovulation?
---Jack on 5/23/06


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I had two difficult pregnacies,in hospital nearly lost first,and had to move in with Mom, let her take care of first child ,husband, and me to have the second. Lost the third,in God's wisdom he took care of me, I had my tubes out due to complications. I was 22 and a very happy woman not to be able to have anymore. We are to take care of health and having one baby after another wears a woman's body/health down. Use protection. It's not a baby until egg and sperm come together,protection isn't abortion.
---Darlene_1 on 5/23/06


Jack: How often were you on the pill? Docs that prescribed it to me told me it prevented ovulation.

"How Does It Work?


Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). A woman cannot get pregnant if she doesn't ovulate because there is no egg to be fertilized."

From a website on birth control
---Madison1101 on 5/23/06


Madison, the pill to which you refer is very freely available here in U.K. even to very young girls, unfortunately. Their parents are not informed that they have been given it either. It is not a contraceptive at all as you rightly say, it is commonly called the Abortion Pill because if a child has been conveived the pill 'gets rid of it'. What a sad society we live in here where 13 and 14 years olds are regularly doing this.
---M.P. on 5/23/06


If these pills are taken before conception, they are not a form of self-induced abortion.
---Gabriel on 5/23/06


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Whichever name it is called,Pill is pill and it is unbiblical to use pills for family planning and birth control.This will mean a diversion and abuse of nature.It means lack of discipline and self control on the part of a christian which is sin.These pills has a long term effect on the woman.The best family planning for christians is the woman`s safe period.Even withdrawal method is not allowed.It is the sin that made God punish "Onan" in the Bible.
---kennedy on 5/23/06


Birth control pills stop ovulation, thus no egg to fertilize, totally different from an abortion.
Yeah Madison, my Mom had no rhythm either eventhough she was the church organist! I have 7 bothers and sisters!
---NVBarbara on 5/23/06


So tell me, Candice, how many children do you have? 10? 12?

Do you feel the same about natural family planning (rhythm method)?
---NurseRobert on 5/23/06


Most forms of the Pill do NOT stop ovulation (contary to what most people think), hence, they do not stop conception.

They merely stop IMPLANTATION, and by the time there is a blastocel, it is sloughed out of the uterus.

Yes (for the most part), the Pill IS an abortifacient, as much as the IUD is.

The only forms of birth control that actually stop conception are barrier methods (condom or diaphragm) or surgical (such as tubal ligation or vasectomy).
---Jack on 5/23/06


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I agree with Madison. I do NOT agree that birth control pills hinder God's plan. Is taking insulin hindering "God's plan" that you die of complications of diabetes? NO. I saw a family on the Health chanel just tonight who just had their SEVENTEENTH kid- that is absolute stupidity, in this day and age that we live in. You may disagree, but I'm sorry. WHERE is that woman's brain- does she think she was put on this earth to lay around and pop out babies left and right like a rabbit?!
---T.S. on 5/22/06


Candice: Abstinence is not a choice for married couples. There is no reason in the world why a married couple cannot choose to use the pill to prevent pregnancies they are not ready to have. You sound like the priests who told my mom to use the rhythm method of birth control. She got pregnant four times using that method. Science has allowed women to have some freedom and be able to enjoy marital relations with their husbands without fear of always getting pregnant. I say "AMEN" to that.
---Madison1101 on 5/22/06


cont: There is a morning after pill that is offered to rape victims. That is not available to the general public as far as I know. That pill would prevent the fertilized egg from attaching itself to the endometrius. The fertilized egg would then be expelled.

Please note, that pill is not called the Birth Control pill. It is called the morning after pill. Big difference between the two.
---Madison1101 on 5/22/06


No. However even though women whom take them are using a safty precaution , I believe they are still taking control of their life & not trusting God. He should be with our spouse, the descision maker of how many children he blesses us with, so in a way we hinder his plan, but on the reverse side it is a smart choice for those not ready for children, but abstence is the best way if you are not ready for a family.
---Candice on 5/22/06


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