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denied. For this reason, the pro-life movement, by our statements that
life begins at conception and ends at natural death, will succeed.
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Is the Pill Abortifacient?
§ The Pill is an abortifacient chemical because it at times interferes with pregnancy
after conception has occurred. Specifically, the Pill sometimes acts to prevent
uterine implantation of the human person already created at fertilization. There
is no way to determine in advance when the Pill will act in this manner, but when
it does act to prevent implantation, it causes the death of a nearly week old child.
§ The federal Food and Drug Administration has required patient package leaflets
to inform prescribing physicians of this mode of action and Pill promoters have boasted
of the Pill's effectiveness in preventing implantation. Nevertheless, some of these
same promoters also claim that the Pill causes no abortions. They say this based
on the false premise that conception occurs at the time of implantation rather than
at fertilization and, tragically, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
has since 1965 promoted public acceptance of this falsehood. In that year, as population
controllers sought support for the new methods of birth control that could prevent
uterine implantation, ACOG formally redefined "conception" as meaning implantation
rather than fertilization. The history of this change in definitions can be read
in "A Declaration of Life by Pro-life Physicians" http://www.all.org/article/index/id/MjUxNQ.
§ Some pro-life groups and individuals have for many years conducted educational
campaigns on the abortifacient nature of the Pill and there are extensive resource
collections available on websites such as
§ Approaching the turn of the century, some physicians responded to these efforts
by disputing that the Pill can prevent implantation. The resulting debate among
physicians produced studies reinforcing the original determination that the Pill
derives part of its efficacy through mechanisms that interfere with implantation:
"Postfertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives and Their Relationship to Informed
§ In this latter work, Dr. Kahlenborn concludes, "As of today, the most accurate
description of the current evidence is as follows: All of the evidence on a microscopic,
a macroscopic and an immunological level strongly support the argument that OCP use
causes an early abortion at times. Until further studies are done, we should take
heed and act upon the current data." As a final watch word, a reading of the principles
motivating the annual March for Life reminds us that any doubt must be resolved in
favor of action that will protect and preserve a human life: